Weekly Research Highlight in Fall Prevention

This weekly blog post aims to highlight articles published during the week regarding fall prevention. This week we take a look at involving Gerneral Practitioners in fall prevention.

Abstracts for these studies can be found here

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Intervention Studies with General Practitioner Involvement Focused on Falls Prevention for Community-Dwelling Older People
Mackenzie L, Beavis AM, Tan ACW, Clemson L. J. Aging Health 2020; ePub(ePub): ePub.
DOI 10.1177/0898264320945168 PMID 32912102
General Practitioners play an important part in preventing falls in the community as they are typically the first point of contact for many people in the community accessing health services. Through screening, advice and refferring to others, General Practitioners are in a unique position to provide early intervention. Mackenzie et al, through a systemative review investigated ‘How can GPs contribute to effective falls prevention in the general practice context?’. They found that interventions foussing on one or more falls, or multiple falls as an outcome were not effective overall, however, those that focussed on injurious falls as an outcome were effective. The most effective trials  involved a GP education component as well as active involvement of the GP through fall risk screening and treatment specific to fracture risk or reviewing medications.

Weekly Research Highlight in Fall Prevention

This weekly blog post aims to highlight articles published during the week regarding fall prevention. This week we take a look at the long term effects of slip training on fall risk and the evidence for Yoga as a fall prevention program.

Abstracts for these studies can be found here

Can Treadmill Slip-Perturbation Training Reduce Longer-Term Fall Risk Upon Overground Slip Exposure?
Lee A, Bhatt T, Liu X, Wang Y, Wang S, Pai YCC. J. Appl. Biomech. 2020; ePub(ePub): ePub.
DOI 10.1123/jab.2019-0211 PMID 32843581
Slips are responsible for about 40% of all environmental falls and can lead to severe injuries such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries. Perturbation training where a participant is exposed to repeated slips and trips is an emerging area of research with recent trials using low-friction movable platforms reporting a significant reduction in the rate of laboratory falls after one session. While overground slip training may be more task specific in relation to real-life slips, treadmill perturbation training has the potential to be easily translated into rehabilitation clinics. This trial investigated the generalisability of slip-perturbation training on a treadmill both immediately and at 6 months. (Lee et al. 2020)
Does yoga reduce the risk of falls in older people?
Tew GA, Ward L, Hewitt C, Tiedemann A. BMJ 2020; 370: m3246.
DOI 10.1136/bmj.m3246 PMID 32883704
Yoga is a popular means of exercise in older adults and has been shown to improve health related quality of life. Yoga is not currently recommended specifically for fall prevention and the evidence for yoga on falls in community dwelling older adults is uncertain. This brief report examines the evidence for Yoga as a fall prevention program, where the uncertainty lies, ongoing research in the area and contains recommendations for practice. (Tew et al. 2020)

Nutrition Australia and SHARE present: Brain Boosters

To mark world alzheimer’s awareness month, Nutrition Australia NSW and SHARE have partnered to present an interactive and
practical webinar on how to exercise and eat well to support optimal brain health and reduce the risk of dementia.

Tuesday 1st September 2020, 6:00-7:PM AEST
Register here

Topics include

  • What does the research say about dementia risk?
  • Brain boosting exercise session with our Qualified Instructor
  • Food for a healthier brain and body
  • Setting healthy lifestyle habits

Presenters

  • Barbara Ward
    Moderator
    President of Nutrition Australia NSW and SHARE
  • Dr Tuly RosenFeld
    MBBS FAAG FRACP
    Adjunct Professor University of Technology Sydney
    Geriatrician for 35+ years
    Director Ageing Medicine Centre Randwick
  • Kaarin Anstey
    PhD, FASSA, FAPS
    Scientia Professor and Director UNSW Ageing Futures Institute
    Senior Principal Research Scientist, NeuRA
    Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population
    Ageing Research
    Director, NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration
  • Adrian Prakash
    General Manager of SHARE

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