The attitudes and intentions of seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador related to falls prevention practices

Roddick, Jenna (2016) The attitudes and intentions of seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador related to falls prevention practices. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Falls are significant concern for the health and well-being of the ageing population, particularly in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) where the rate of ageing is the highest in the country. Many falls result in hospitalizations and subsequent therapy and treatments that can drastically change an individual’s quality of life. Many programs have been developed in efforts to reduce the occurrence of falls, however little research has been done to address what seniors’ personal views are on the topic of falls and falls prevention. The purpose of this study was to explore the attitudes and intentions NL seniors have towards strength and balance activities and advice on specific falls prevention strategies. A survey, modified from Yardley et al. (2008), was used. Data analysis included sociodemographic descriptive statistics bivariate correlations of survey items and Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis tests. The results of this study suggest NL seniors understand the benefits of strength and balance activities and find they are personally relevant. Seniors expressed intentions to participate in programs either group-based or home-based and a likelihood of following advice on falls prevention strategies such as home modifications and proper footwear. These findings provide essential knowledge for future research and program development for the ageing population in NL.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12423
Item ID: 12423
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 45-52).
Keywords: older adults, falls, falls prevention, perceptions, views, seniors, community-dwelling, Newfoundland and Labrador
Department(s): Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of > Kinesiology
Date: May 2016
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Falls (Accidents) in old age--Newfoundland and Labrador; Falls (Accidents)--Newfoundland and Labrador--Prevention; Older people--Newfoundland and Labrador--Attitudes

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