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Risk Factors for Falls in Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2022 (Open) Submit Now
Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS, Associate Professor
School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA
Research Interests: Non-pharmacological interventions for older adults; Predictors of successful and optimal aging; Risk factors for falls in older adults with cognitive impairment; Understanding the illness experience for individuals with dementia; Development and training of the eldercare workforce
About This Topic
Falls currently affects 1 in 3 to 4 older Americans every year; however, this number at least doubles in those with cognitive impairment. While it is commonly accepted that cognitive impairment is an independent risk factor for falls, the connection driving this significantly higher concern has not been identified and it not well understood. This Special Issue of OBM Geriatrics aims to elucidate and foster the understanding of the association between cognitive impairment and fall risk. These findings will aid researchers and clinicians at developing interventions in efforts to mitigate the factors that are modifiable and educate in compensatory strategies for those that are not. With the dearth of literature in this area and the critical nature of the topic, all types of research are welcome by this special issue.
Falls; Falls risk; Falls assessment; Dementia, Cognitive impairment
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