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Poor balance is one of the major risk factors for falling in older adults. A Matter of Balance (MOB) is one of the most commonly used fall prevention programs nationally. Despite its name, MOB focuses on managing concerns about falling, and does not include a balance component. We are testing to see if adding a dual-task balance component (balance and mental thinking) to MOB can improve balance and walking better, than MOB only.
This study will investigate whether it is possible, through the development and evaluation of a self-management guide, to improve health related quality of life and concern of falling in people with Parkinson's disease who fall, and reduce caregiver burden in their informal caregivers.
Nurses participate to geriatric evaluations for falling patients. For these patients, it is recommended to evaluate,especially, visual acuity but this is not currently done because it is difficult to systematically combine with an ophthalmologic consultation. The HAS french recommendations propose to detect visual acuity deficiency using Monoyer and Parinaud scales, without specifying the professional qualification. According to the nurse competence decree of State Graduates, "sensory disorders" screening is a "non-vulnerable" examination, and can be performed by nurses. Therefore, they can use these scales, after training. We propose to evaluate the correlation between visual acuity scores obtained by nurses in geriatric consultations and an ophthalmologist. This study should include 204 patients over 65 years, who have fallen at least twice in the last 12 months. These patients will benefit from an evaluation by an ophthalmologist, after the geriatric consultation.
A randomized, control trial will be conducted to evaluate the effects of a post-discharge falls prevention program in patients with neurological diseases and disorders. The objective of this study is to evaluate if implementing a falls prevention program is effective in reducing subsequent falls and re-hospitalizations, and improving gait, strength and balance in older adults after hospital discharge. Patients from Baptist Health Neuroscience Center will be randomized on the day of discharge to receive an exercise falls prevention program, delivered by Baptist Health physical therapists, or an educational pamphlet on falls prevention. Baseline and follow up assessments for gait, balance, and strength will be completed at regular intervals to examine effects of the exercise program. In addition, participants will be surveyed to find out about recent falls and hospitalizations. This is a minimal risk study such that the assessments involve conditions in which subjects likely encounter on a daily basis. The risks of the exercise intervention also are no more than one might expect from a community exercise program. Potential benefits include reduced hospitalizations and/or emergency visits related to falls in the intervention group, increased activity levels and improved falls efficacy in the intervention group, and increased system capacity at Baptist Health to deliver a falls prevention program.
The purpose of this study is to investigate if the level of physical activity, selected physical and psychological risk factors can predict risk of falling in older (≥65) community dwellers.