The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of use or non-use of walkers and/or canes on fall risk for community dwelling older adults related to demographic variables of sex, age, educational and income levels, as well as perceived health, and type of device used. Fall risk was assessed using the Activities-Specific Balance Confidence Scale. Results indicated a significantly higher fall risk among cane and/or walker users than among non-users. No significant differences were found when comparing demographic variables. Cane and walker or walker only users, were at higher fall risk than those using no assistive device or cane only. Non-users who rated their health as “good,” had a significantly higher fall risk than those who rated their health as “excellent.” Users reporting “poor” or “fair” health had significantly higher fall risk than those reporting health as “good,” “very good,” or “excellent.”
|Commitee:||Claver, Maria, Greene, Jennifer|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Canes, Older adults, Walkers|
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