Association between exercise and fear of falling in community-dwelling elderly Koreans: Results of a cross-sectional public opinion survey

Jae Young Lim, Soong Nang Jang, Won Beom Park, Min Kyun Oh, Eun Kyung Kang, Nam Jong Paik

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate the association between habitual exercise and fear of falling in an older Korean population. Design: Cross-sectional study conducted in a population-based sample of an urban city. Setting: Urban city in South Korea. Participants: Randomly sampled older Korean people (N=828; aged ≥65y) living in a typical urban city located in South Korea. Intervention: Standardized telephone interview. Main Outcome Measures: Data on exercise habits, history of falls during the previous year, and fear of falling were obtained using a random digit dialing telephone survey method. Multiple linear regression and multiple logistic regression analyses were used to examine the association between exercise habits and the fear of falling. Results: The incidence of falls in the study cohort was 13%, and the prevalence of the fear of falling was 67.4% (47.6% in men and 80.8% in women). About 30% of those that expressed a fear of falling stated that this was the cause of their limited activity. Older men and women who exercised regularly showed a similar level of fear of falling, but they were less likely to experience fear-related activity restriction than nonexercisers. Conclusions: A regular exercise habit was found to be inversely associated with fear-related activity restriction regardless of fall experience among older Korean men and women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-959
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume92
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Accidental falls
  • Aged
  • Exercise
  • Rehabilitation

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