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Fear increases elderly falls

20th August 2010

Being frightened of falling over is likely to increase an old person's risk of having a fall, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

The link remained even when they were not actually at a high risk and researchers said anxieties should be taken into account when assessing someone's risk of falling. Meanwhile, UK experts said services to help elderly people needed to be improved with fear of falling common in older people and associated with poor balance, anxiety, depression and falls.

 

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