Perturbation-Based Balance Training added to a Fall Prevention Exercise Program and its Effect on Fall Risk and Fear of Falling in Community-Dwelling Older Adults
● Falls lead to decreased independence, increased disability, and increased risk of death
● Falls occur in more than one out of four older adults each year
● 50 hours of a structured strength and balance exercise program supplemented with fall prevention education over 12 weeks decreases fall risk in community dwelling older adults
● One session of perturbations provided at the appropriate dosage can decrease fall risk by 50%, with multidirectional perturbations having the greatest benefit
● Adding one session of perturbation-based training to a structured strength and balance exercise program will reduce the risk of falls and fear of falling in community dwelling older adults
Espero, Joseph; Everett, Jeremiah; Gehrke, Leanne; Goodman, Sage; Hall, Spencer; Hansen, Melody; Stutzenberger, Lyndsay; Dobler, Rebecca; and Haberly, Gabe, "Perturbation-Based Balance Training added to a Fall Prevention Exercise Program and its Effect on Fall Risk and Fear of Falling in Community-Dwelling Older Adults" (2023). Student-Faculty Research - College of Physical Therapy. 66.
Presented at the 9th annual symposium of School of Physical Therapy research, Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023, at George Fox University in Newberg, OR.