A Program to Improve Reach Estimation and Reduce Fall Risk in the Elderly
AbstractContemporary 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
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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.
Gabbard C, Robinson K, Fox A. A Program to Improve Reach Estimation and Reduce Fall Risk in the Elderly. Geriatrics. 2016; 1(2):14.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gabbard, Carl; Robinson, Kristyn; Fox, Ashley. 2016. "A Program to Improve Reach Estimation and Reduce Fall Risk in the Elderly." Geriatrics 1, no. 2: 14.
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