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A research on functional status, environmental conditions and risk of falls in dementia


Eshkoor, Sima Ataollahi and Tengku Abdul Hamid, Tengku Aizan and Hassan Nudin, Siti Sa'adiah and Chan, Yoke Mun (2014) A research on functional status, environmental conditions and risk of falls in dementia. International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 2014. art. no. 769062. pp. 1-6. ISSN 2090-8024; ESSN: 2090-0252


This study aimed to determine the effects of disability, physical activity, and functional status as well as environmental conditions on the risk of falls among the elderly with dementia after adjusting for sociodemographic factors. Data were derived from a group including 1210 Malaysian elderly who were demented and noninstitutionalized. The study was a national cross-sectional survey that was entitled “Determinants of Health Status among Older Malaysians.” Approximately 17% of subjects experienced falls. The results showed that ethnic non-Malay (OR = 1.73) and functional decline (OR = 1.67) significantly increased the risk of falls in samples (P < 0.05) . The findings indicated that increased environmental quality significantly decreased the risk of falls (P < 0.05). Disability, age, marital status, educational level, sex differences, and physical activity were found irrelevant to the likelihood of falls in subjects (P > 0.05). It was concluded that functional decline and ethnic non-Malay increased the risk of falls but the increased environmental quality reduced falls.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Institute of Gerontology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/769062
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Keywords: Dementia; Disability; Physical activity; Functional status; Environmental conditions
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2015 01:24
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 08:55
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/36253
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