PHYSIOTHERAPY METHODS IN PREVENTION OF FALLS IN ELDERLY PEOPLE

  • MAŁGORZATA GAJOS Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Medicum, Departament of Geriatrics, Marii Skłodowskiej Curie 9, 85-094 Bydgoszcz
  • RADOSŁAW PERKOWSKI Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Medicum, Departament of Geriatrics, Marii Skłodowskiej Curie 9, 85-094 Bydgoszcz
  • AGNIESZKA KUJAWSKA Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Medicum, Departament of Geriatrics, Marii Skłodowskiej Curie 9, 85-094 Bydgoszcz
  • JOANNA ANDROSIUK Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Medicum, Departament of Geriatrics, Marii Skłodowskiej Curie 9, 85-094 Bydgoszcz
  • JOANNA WYDRA Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Medicum, Departament of Geriatrics, Marii Skłodowskiej Curie 9, 85-094 Bydgoszcz
  • KAROLINA FILIPSKA Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Medicum, Departament of Geriatrics, Marii Skłodowskiej Curie 9, 85-094 Bydgoszcz
Keywords: elderly, risk factors, falls, prevention

Abstract

The process of population ageing is observed not only in Poland but also in other European countries. Physiological processes of ageing  reduces the functional capacity. In particular, associated diseases, progressive weakness and failure of the motor system increases the risk of collapse in seniors. Dangerous consequences of falls, inter alia, injuries, can often cause death, what justifies its classification as a so-called geriatric giant. Health and psychosocial consequences of falls should be noted. Therefore, there is a great need for induction of preventive measures. Many results of studies constantly show, that an effective intervention in preventing falls in seniors should include, first and foremost, multidirectional rehabilitation, which aims to improve balance and increase postural strength muscle. In addition, prevention should include: patient education, pharmacotherapy prescribed by a medical specialist, eyesight improvement, elimination of potential risks surrounding the patient. The introduction of multi-directional prevention of falls can reduce the risk of their occurrence up to 50%

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Published
2016-06-28
How to Cite
GAJOS, M., PERKOWSKI, R., KUJAWSKA, A., ANDROSIUK, J., WYDRA, J., & FILIPSKA, K. (2016). PHYSIOTHERAPY METHODS IN PREVENTION OF FALLS IN ELDERLY PEOPLE. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 6(1), 92-102. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.15503/jecs20161.92.102