Falls in Older People: Risk Factors and Strategies for Prevention

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Since the first edition of this very successful book was written to synthesise and review the enormous body of work covering falls in older people, there has been an even greater wealth of informative and promising studies designed to increase our understanding of risk factors and prevention strategies. This second edition, first published in 2007, is written in three parts: epidemiology, strategies for prevention, and future research directions. New material includes recent studies covering: balance studies using tripping, slipping and stepping paradigms; sensitivity and depth perception visual risk factors; neurophysiological research on automatic or reflex balance activities; and the roles of syncope, vitamin D, cataract surgery, health and safety education, and exercise programs. This edition will be an invaluable update for clinicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, researchers, and all those working in community, hospital and residential or rehabilitation aged care settings.
 

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Contents

Epidemiology of falls and fallrelated injuries
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Postural stability and falls
26
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Gait characteristics and falls
50
Sensory and neuromuscular
70
Psychological factors and falls
90
Medical risk factors for falls
101
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Exercise interventions to improve
204
Medical management of older people
240
Assistive devices and falls prevention
264
Modifying the environment to prevent falls
300
Table 142 cont
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Prevention of falls in hospitals and
311

Fig 61 Key components involved in maintenance of the upright
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Medications as risk factors for falls
133
Environmental risk factors for falls
151
Strategies for prevention
173
Exercise interventions to prevent falls
177
Table 102 Description of exercise intervention programmes in random controlled
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A physiological profile approach to
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Research into practice
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future directions
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About the author (2007)

Stephen Lord is a Principal Research Fellow at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute in Sydney, Australia. Born 1957.

Catherine Sherrington is NHMRC Australian Research Training Fellow at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia. DOB 29 Feb 1968.

Hylton Menz is NHMRC Australian Clinical Research Fellow at the Musculoskeletal Research Centre, La Trobe University, Australia. DOB 8 June 1972.

Jacqueline Close is a Consultant in Geriatric Medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia. DOB 18 Nov 1965.

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