Pain and Anxiety Associated with Falls in the Elderly

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Pain and Anxiety Associated with Falls in the Elderly The risk of falling dramatically increases as one ages. According to Menant et al, a fall is defined as an “unexpected event in which the person comes to the ground, floor, or lower level”. In this study conducted by Menant et al, the authors desired to distinguish certain factors that may contribute to falls associated with the elderly. Dizziness is a complaint that tends to increase as a person ages, which can also be said about the incidence of falling. According to Menant et al, dizziness symptoms can affect the activities of daily living in many elderly people. Many studies have found that dizziness can be a result from both medical and psychological factors. This study was conducted on 526 elderly individuals who were randomly selected to a dizzy and non-dizzy group from a previous cohort study in eastern Sydney, Australia. Each participant had to meet certain criteria and sign informed consent prior to partaking in this study. Participants were assessed through questionnaires & assessments. The questionnaires and assessments focused on aspects of dizziness, exercise levels, overall health, falls follow-up procedures, balance assessment, and cardiovascular, psychological, and neuromuscular function. According to the results of the study conducted by Menant et al, evidence showed that several aspects were found between both dizzy and non-dizzy groups. Some of the findings included increased intake of
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