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Fear of falling increases fall risk
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:32 am 
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Older people can increase their chances of falling over by being afraid of falls, research has revealed.

One in three older people underestimate or overestimate their risk of falling, in contrast to the two-thirds who have a more accurate idea of the dangers they face.

Around 500 men and women between the ages of 70 and 90 were analysed by researchers from Belgium and Australia for the study, published in the British Medical Journal.

In the previous year it was found that 149 of those surveyed had suffered one or more falls, while 214 reported one or more falls over the next year. more


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