ERIC Number: EJ785489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Fear of Falling and Activity Avoidance in a National Sample of Older Adults in the United States
Bertera, Elizabeth M.; Bertera, Robert L.
Health & Social Work, v33 n1 p54-62 2008
This study assesses the relationship between fear of falling and avoidance of nine everyday activities critical to independence among community-dwelling older adults in the United States. Secondary data analysis was performed with National Survey of Self-Care and Aging interview data from 3,474 respondents age 65 years or older. Falls were reported by 24 percent of respondents, fear of falling was reported by 22 percent of respondents, and both increased with age. Fear of falling was the most important factor in predicting activity avoidance among older adults; the number of falls experienced increases the impact that fear of falling has on activity avoidance. Other factors were as follows: needing help with activities of daily living and the number of prescriptions taken. Assessments of older individuals should include fear of falling and fall history. Reductions in fear of falling and increases in activity level could provide significant benefits by helping older adults to maintain functioning and the ability to live independently.
Descriptors: Older Adults, Data Analysis, Fear, Predictor Variables, Accidents, Independent Living, Injuries, Physical Activity Level, Aging (Individuals), Inhibition, National Surveys
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