Fall prevention among older adults: a quantitative and qualitative study

Cummings, Megan (2016) Fall prevention among older adults: a quantitative and qualitative study. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a fall prevention program on older adults as well as to explore the perceptions of older adults have on fall risk and the fall prevention program. This research was completed in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada with participants above the age of 65. The 10-week fall prevention program focused on balance, strength, and flexibility and was followed by focus groups with the control and intervention groups. Pre and post-test measures (postural sway, TUG test, foam and dome test, ABC Scale, ESE Scale, FES Scale, SAFFE) were completed to determine if the fall prevention program decreased fall risk. The results of the quantitative portion of the study did not produce significant results however the qualitative portion was very informative. Five themes emerged from the focus group data: risk factor awareness, confidence, connectedness, quality of life, and program promotion. This research highlights the importance of fall prevention programs for older adults, not only to keep them healthy, but also for the personal and social benefits they facilitate.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11737
Item ID: 11737
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 86-99).
Keywords: Fall prevention, Older adults
Department(s): Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of > Kinesiology
Date: January 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Older people--Health risk assessment; Falls (Accidents) in old age--Risk factors; Falls (Accidents) in old age--Prevention

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