In older population the risk of fall is always at high risk and there are many contributing factor which increase the prevalence of fall. The impaired balance leads to limited daily activities and confidence level.
Purpose of the study:
The main purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between fall, fear and balance in older population.
Method & methodology:
The descriptive cross sectional study design was used and a sample of 271 older adult were recruited through purpose sampling technique. The detail demographic was noted, history of fall and other related co-morbidities were mention in performa. The standardized test Activity based confidence scale (ABC) and Time up & go (TUG) were used for proper assessment.
The result shows that 72% sample were composed of females and 28% were male. Majority 71% belong to age bracket 65-74 years and 79% have no history of fall. Only 19% have high level of physical function on confidence scale, 36% and 45 % were in moderate and low level of physical functioning respectively. The ralationship shows that the older adults who have impaire mobility on TUG have 30% (82) and 11.43% (31) low and moderate level of physical functioning on ABC scale respectively.
The findings indicate that majority of older adults have no fall history but still most of them have low level of confidence & physical functioning on ABC scale. The confidence balance is associated with the physical functioning in older adults and need to improve the balance training for proper functioning.
Afridi, Ayesha; Maqbool, Sadia; and Malik, Arshad Nawaz
"Relationship between fear, fall & balance in cummunity dwelling older adults,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 10
, Article 3.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol10/iss2/3