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Older adults’ opinions on the prevention of falls -and differences in opinions related to the level of physical activity
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare. Centrum för klinisk forskning LTV.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7157-7259
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(English)In: Journal of Applied Gerontology, ISSN 0733-4648, E-ISSN 1552-4523Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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The purpose of this study was to explore and describe older adults’opinions regarding actions to prevent falls and to analyze differences in theopinions of highly versus less physically active older adults. An open-endedquestion was answered by 262 individuals aged 75 to 98 years living in thecommunity. The answers were analyzed using qualitative content analysis,and differences in the categories were compared between highly and lessphysically active persons. Physical activity was measured according to afive-level scale. The content analysis resulted in eight categories: assistivedevices, avoiding hazards, behavioral adaptive strategies, being physicallyactive, healthy lifestyle, indoor modifications, outdoor modifications, andseeking assistance. Behavioral adaptive strategies were mentioned to agreater extent by highly active people, and indoor modifications were moreoften mentioned by less active older adults. Support for active self-directedbehavioral strategies might be important for fall prevention among lessphysically active older adults.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30674DOI: 10.1177/0733464815624776OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-30674DiVA: diva2:890472
Available from: 2016-01-04 Created: 2016-01-04 Last updated: 2016-01-15Bibliographically approved

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