Gait and activity in the elderly: Implications for community falls-prevention and treatment programmes

J. Cwikel, A. V. Fried, D. Galinsky, H. Ring

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Abstract

Falls are the major cause of accidents in the elderly. Falls result from the interaction of medical, psychosocial and age-related changes with environmental conditions. Since many of these factors are amenable to change, theoretically many falls are preventable. As part of a multi-method community fall prevention programme we developed a gait assessment method (ELGAM). We report here on the association between ELGAM parameters and measures of social and physical activity, tested among 36 elderly community-dwelling persons. Social and physical activity were associated with only some of the gait parameters (turning head while walking and walking speed). However, the findings about gait are consistent with other research based on larger samples, and some of the findings from intervention research. Together they suggest the importance of social and physical activity in fall prevention programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-280
Number of pages4
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995

Keywords

  • ELGAM
  • Elderly
  • Falls

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