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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-10

The Relationship Between Fear of Falling and Functional Fitness among Older Adults Living in Rest Home


1 PhD., PT., Dokuz Eylul University, School of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Department of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Yüksekokulu, Sağlık Yerleşkesi Mithatpaşa Caddesi No:56/15 İnciraltı 35340-İzmir, Türkiye
2 PhD. PT., Private Clinician
3 PhD. PT., Dokuz Eylul University, School of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Department of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Yüksekokulu, Sağlık Yerleşkesi Mithatpaşa Caddesi No:56/15 İnciraltı 35340-İzmir, Türkiye
4 Assoc. Prof., PT., Dokuz Eylul University, School of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Department of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Yüksekokulu, Sağlık Yerleşkesi Mithatpaşa Caddesi No:56/15 İnciraltı 35340-İzmir, Türkiye

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PhD., PT., Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Yüksekokulu, Sağlık Yerleşkesi Mithatpaşa Caddesi No:56/15 İnciraltı 35340-İzmir
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DOI: 10.35262/jiag.v16i1.5-10

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Objective: This study aimed to report the fear of falling and assess its associations with several fall-related characteristics and functional fitness parameters among older adults living in the rest home. Methods: Seventy-eight older adults aged between 65-94 years were included in the study. History of falling and the number of risk factors for falling were recorded. Fear of falling was evaluated with The Falls Efficacy Scale- International. Functional fitness was assessed with Senior Fitness Test, including tests for the functional measurement of strength, flexibility, aerobic endurance and dynamic balance. Result: The mean age of participants was 78.46±7.16 years. There were correlations exist between fear of falling and number of fall risk factors, dynamic balance, upper body flexibility and aerobic endurance (p<0.05). Multiple linear regression analysis showed that the parameters with the highest determinants of fear of falling were the dynamic balance and history of falling (p<0.05). Conclusions: In our study, history of falling, number of fall risk factors, flexibility for the upper body, aerobic endurance and dynamic balance were parameters related to fear of falling among older adults, but the most influential factors in fear of falling were dynamic balance and history of falling.


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