Promoting fall prevention among community dwelling older adults through activLife: a physical and social activation

Yuan Lu (Corresponding author), Yu-Shan (Athena) Chen, Dominika Kozak, Hubert Cornelis, Piotr Partyga

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Abstract

Falls have been recognized as the second leading cause of injury or death for older adults. The related economic burden caused by fall related injuries is not negligible. Earlier research has demonstrated that regular participation in appropriate prescribed physical activity by improving upper and lower limb strength, balance, coordination, transfer skills, and reaction to environmental hazards can lower the risk for falls and fall-related fractures and other injuries. Conversely, physical inactivity can significantly double the risk of developing a disability, which will affect mobility as well as the ability to perform even the most basic activities of daily life, therefore, ultimately increases the older adults’ risk for falls.

This paper first presents a technological solution ActivLife that aims at preventing older adults from falling through practicing physical training in a safe and playful manner, followed by a randomized controlled study with 43 older adults with an average age of 77 for a period of 16 weeks in a social activation center het Ontmoet en Groethuys in Eindhoven, the Netherlands to demonstrate to what extent ActivLife could help to prevent falling among older adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-237
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Population Ageing
Volume13
Issue number2
Early online date12 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Community-dwelling older adults
  • Fall prevention
  • Physical activities
  • Social support

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