Centre for Policy on Ageing

New horizons in falls prevention
Author(s)Stephen R Lord, Jacqueline C T Close
Journal titleAge and Ageing, vol 47, no 4, July 2018
PublisherOxford University Press, July 2018
Pagespp 492-498
Full text*https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afy059
AnnotationFalls pose a major threat to the wellbeing and quality of life of older people. They can result in fractures and other injuries, disability and fear and can trigger a decline in physical function and loss of autonomy. This article synthesises recent published findings on fall risk and mobility assessments and fall prevention interventions and considers how this field of research may evolve in the future. Fall risk topics include the utility of remote monitoring using wearable sensors and recent work investigating brain activation and gait adaptability. New approaches for exercise for fall prevention including dual-task training, cognitive-motor training with exergames and reactive step training are discussed. Additional fall prevention strategies considered include the prevention of falls in older people with dementia and Parkinson's disease, drugs for fall prevention and safe flooring for preventing fall-related injuries. The review discusses how these new initiatives and technologies have potential for effective fall prevention and improved quality of life. It concludes by emphasising the need for a continued focus on translation of evidence into practice including robust effectiveness evaluations so that resources can be appropriately targeted into the future. (JL).
Accession NumberCPA-180803200 A
ClassmarkOLF: CA3: OQ: M: CEA: 3A:6KC
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