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Geriatrics 2016, 1(2), 14; doi:10.3390/geriatrics1020014

A Program to Improve Reach Estimation and Reduce Fall Risk in the Elderly

Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, TAMU 4243, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Received: 8 April 2016 / Revised: 12 May 2016 / Accepted: 2 June 2016 / Published: 6 June 2016
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Abstract

Contemporary research findings indicate that in older persons (typically 64 > years) there are functional decrements in the ability to mentally represent and effectively plan motor actions. Actions, if poorly planned, can result in falling, a major health concern for the elderly. Whereas a number of factors may contribute to falls, over- or underestimation of reach abilities may lead to loss of postural control (balance) and pose a higher risk of falling. Our intent with this paper was to provide: (1) a brief background of the problem, (2) suggest strategies for mental (motor) imagery practice in the context of reach planning, and (3) describe general guidelines and a sample practice format of a training program for clinical use. Mental (motor) imagery practice of reach planning has potential for improving motor performance in reach-related everyday activities and reducing the risk of falls in older persons. View Full-Text
Keywords: mental representation; mental imagery; motor imagery; falls mental representation; mental imagery; motor imagery; falls
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Gabbard, C.; Robinson, K.; Fox, A. A Program to Improve Reach Estimation and Reduce Fall Risk in the Elderly. Geriatrics 2016, 1, 14.

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