Older Homebound Women to Reduce the Risk of Falling Again
As part of a year-long celebration of gerontology, The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau studied ways to prevent falls by the elderly. They haven’t studied how many elderly people really intend to change their behavior to prevent falls. Until now.
This study, Intentions of Older Homebound Women to Reduce the Risk of Falling Again, followed 40 women over 18 months; 36 of them had fallen at least once in their homes either before the study began or during its first year.
Researchers found that women who viewed falls as unexpected events out of their control didn’t think they could prevent another one. Most intentions to prevent a fall were tied directly to the specific situation in which a fall had occurred. This meant that most of the women were doing nothing to prevent falls in any other situation.
The result? Without a real intent to understand and change the behaviors that contribute to falls, elderly women are just as likely to have another fall.