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Enhancing Motivation for Physical Activity to Reduce Fall Risk Among Community Dwelling Older Adults

Abstract Unintentional falls among community dwelling older adults are a common, serious and potentially preventable public health problem. In the United States, the annual incidence of fall related injuries per 100,000 persons was 4,616 in 2001, rising to 5,252 in 2008. The annual incidence of fall related deaths per 100,000 persons was 29.3 in 2000, rising to 41.86 in 2006. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to falls as they age. Potential consequences include fractures, emergency room, hospital and nursing home admissions, dependence, confusion, immobilization, depression, and death. Significant modifiable fall risk factors include muscle weakness, gait problems, and balance problems. While researchers have demonstrated the positive effects... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Mcmahon, Siobhan Kathleen (Author) / Fleury, Julie (Advisor) / Belyea, Michael (Committee member) / Shearer, Nelma (Committee member) / Wyman, Jean (Committee member) / Hekler, Eric (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Nursing / Falls / Health Behavior / Older Adults / Physical Activity / Theory-based Intervention / Wellness Motivation Intervention
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 288 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Nursing and Healthcare Innovation 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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