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Physical Exercise and Falls

ContributorsTrombetti, Andrea
Defense date2014

Falls are frequent in the elderly and may have serious consequences, particularly fractures. Several risk factors are described, but those affecting gait, balance, and strength are among the most important. Inability or difficulty to perform two or more tasks simultaneously is emerging as an important risk factor for falls. For individuals at risk, the multifactorial approach should be considered and this intervention reduced the rate of falls. Hospitalization is a major opportunity to display such a complex intervention. Among the single-intervention strategies, exercise is highly beneficial, but should have particular characteristics in term of content, frequency and duration, that are not frequently satisfied. Furthermore, adherence to a specific program may be poor. Jaques-Dalcroze eurhythmics has opened a new way to improve fall risk. Our data suggest that long-term maintenance of a music-based multitask exercise programme later in life is a promising strategy to prevent age-related physical decline.

  • Aged
  • Exercise
  • Physical Health
  • Falls
  • Gait
  • Detraining
  • Frailty
  • Elderly
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TROMBETTI, Andrea. Physical Exercise and Falls. 2014. doi: 10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:37800
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