Proof of concept of novel visuo-spatial-motor fall prevention training for old people

Henk Koppelaar*, Parastou Kordestani-Moghadam, Sareh Kouhkani, Farnoosh Irandoust, Gijs Segers, Lonneke de Haas, Thijmen Bantje, Martin van Warmerdam

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Abstract

Falls in the geriatric population are one of the most important causes of disabilities in this age group. Its consequences impose a great deal of economic burden on health and insurance systems. This study was conducted by a multidisciplinary team with the aim of evaluating the effect of visuo-spatial-motor training for the prevention of falls in older adults. The subjects consisted of 31 volunteers aged 60 to 92 years who were studied in three groups: (1) A group under standard physical training, (2) a group under visuo-spatial-motor interventions, and (3) a control group (without any intervention). The results of the study showed that visual-spatial motor exercises significantly reduced the risk of falls of the subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number66
Number of pages27
JournalGeriatrics (Switzerland)
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Balance disorder
  • Falls
  • Older adults
  • Visuo-spatial-motor training

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