MAFEIP
Monitoring and Assessment Framework for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

Physical exercise program for reducing the risk of falling among older adults

 
In Spain, between 15% and 32% people over 65 suffered a fall in the last year, representing a cost of more than 2 billion €. Older adults taking physical activity regularly can benefit of a proper maintenance of muscle strength and mass, which helps to retain function and independence, and to prevent falls and other injuries.
A physical exercise program composed by balance and strength training was designed with the aim of reducing the prevalence of falls and its related cost. From a total of 60 exercises conforming the program, 34 are based on the OTAGO program, with largely proven effectiveness, and 26 were designed in the frame of this research by a physiotherapist, who was responsible for the program implementation. The physical exercise program was addressed at 65+ community-dwelling older adults suffering from risk of falling. Patients from 2 healthcare centres in Valencia (Spain) participated in the study.