Physical fitness among community-dwelling older women with and without risk of falling—the taipei study, taiwan

Chen Yi Song*, Jau Yih Tsauo, Pei Hsin Fang, I. Yao Fang, Shao Hsi Chang

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Abstract

The purposes of this study were to compare the differences in physical fitness between community-dwelling older women fallers and non-fallers, with and without a risk of falling, and to investigate the relation between physical fitness and falling risk factors. This study was a secondary data analysis from a community-and exercise-based fall-prevention program. Baseline assessments pertaining to body weight and height, self-reported chronic diseases, the 12-item fall risk questionnaire (FRQ), senior fitness test, single-leg stand test, and handgrip strength test were extracted. Participants (n=264) were classified into fallers and non-fallers, and sub-classified according to the risk of falling (FRQ ≥4 and <4). While controlling for the effect of age, body mass index (BMI), and mul-timorbidity, one-way analysis of covariance indicated that older women with a risk of falling showed poorer performances of the 8-foot up-and-go, 2-min step and 30-s chair stand compared with those without a risk of falling, regardless of the history of falls. Additionally, weaker grip strength was found in non-fallers with falling risk. Some significant, but low-to-moderate, correla-tions were found between physical fitness tests and fall risk factors in the FRQ, particularly in gait/balance problem and leg muscle weakness. Proactive efforts are encouraged to screen and man-age deterioration in the identified physical fitness.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7243
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume18
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul 2

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Elderly
  • Fall risk
  • Falls
  • Senior fitness test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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