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Kaufman encouraged clinicians to evaluate risk of falls in aging individuals who are active because there are strategies to reduce risk, and falls are a major source of morbidity and mortality.
The instruments for data collection were a general questionnaire on socio-demographic data, conditions of residence, education level, marital status, chronic diseases and current therapy, and the Tinetti Gait and Balance Instrument [17] which was designed to determine the risk of falls in the elderly in the next year.
Group or home-based exercise can reduce the risk of falls by 15-22%.
Besides visual impairment, other intrinsic and extrinsic factors may be related to the risk of falls among community-dwelling older adults, such as urinary incontinence, depression, fear of falls, balance abnormalities, cognitive deficiency, polypharmacy and functional limitations (13).
Some medications have side effects that increase the risk of falls, including dizziness, loss of balance, drowsiness, and blurred vision.
Medical disease, gait or balance impairment, cognitive impairment, medication use, and falling history might increase the risk of falls.[8] Among medications and diagnoses, alpha-blockers, nonbenzodiazepine (non-BZD) sleep aids, BZDs, H2-blockers, lithium, antipsychotics, atypical antidepressants, anticonvulsants or mood stabilizers, laxatives or stool softeners, and a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's disease increase the risk of falling in psychiatric inpatients.[4]
Thus, in an attempt to identify the factors and comorbidities associated with falls in the elderly, this study aimed to compare the risk of falls, as well as to characterize them, in the urban and rural elderly.
When coupled with poor muscle strength and the lack of balance associated with aging, the risk of falls in the bathroom increases.
Staying Vital Regular exercise is important for maintaining the physical strength and mobility needed to reduce the risk of falls. Taking classes to improve balance, such as tai chi, has also been shown to reduce the risk of falls.
On the recommendation of the Public Services Ombudsman the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has since given staff refresher training on assessing the risk of falls.
Research has found prolonged bed rest provokes a decline in the musculoskeletal system and changes affecting multi-organ systems, thus increasing the risk of falls and fractures (Parry & Puthucheary, 2015).
The risk of falls in the older adult is associated with a decrease in physical aptitude; the application of physical tests that measures falls to determine risk is therefore very relevant.