Relationship Between Social Networks And The Risk For Falls

1656 Words7 Pages
The purpose of the current study on the community-dwelling older adults living in the south-central Minnesota was to determine the relationship between social networks and the risk for falls. This study had not only explored the absence or presence of different types of social networks, but also assessed the impact of the size of social networks, frequency of contact, and closeness with social networks on the risk for falls among community-dwelling older adults. The aim of this chapter is to provide summary and conclusion, and offer recommendations based on the findings of the present study for the future researcher. Summary The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between social networks and the risk for falls among…show more content…
These tools were used to collect data on demographics, risk for falls, and social networks measure. The demographics tool was used to describe the characteristics of the participants. The data from the demographics was not used for any statistical analysis to measure the relationship between the variables. The FRQ tool helped to measure the dependent variable of the study; the risk for falls among community-dwelling older adults. Lastly, the LSNS tool was used to measure the independent variable of the study; social networks. In this study, there was no statistically significant relationship between social networks and risk for falls. Similarly, the relationship between different type of social networks and the risk for falls were not different from each other and had no statistical significance. In contrast, there was statistically significant difference on the total score of the LSNS between the community-dwelling older adults who were at risk for falls and not at risk for falls. The mean score of the older adults who were at risk were lower than the older adults who were not at risk for falls. This result was different than previous two studies, which found no statistically significant relationship between the risk for falls and the total score on the social support (Guzman et al., 20013; Huang et al., 2003). Therefore, the participants in the current study showed that the older adults who are at risk for falls are at higher risk for social isolation
Open Document