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Weight Transfer Tops Reasons Why Seniors Fall

October 26, 2012
Lila Corwin, Vice President, Marketing Communications, Biodex

There was an interesting study on Falls in Seniors that was conducted over a 3 year period at 2 long-term care facilities in British Columbia.  The objective of this study was to get a better understanding as to the reasons why seniors fall.   Digital video cameras were installed in the common areas of the long-term care facilities. When a fall occurred, facility staff completed an incident report and the video footage was collected. A team reviewed each fall video with a validated questionnaire that probed the cause of imbalance and activity at the time of falling.   The researchers found that the most common reason older adults fall – at least in long-term care facilities – is the incorrect shifting of body weight.   For the full summary >>

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