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Chapter 024. Gait and Balance Disorders

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Chapter 024. Gait and Balance Disorders

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A substantial number of older persons report insecure balance and experience falls and fear of falling. Prospective studies indicate that 20–30% of those over age 65 fall each year, and the proportion is even higher in hospitalized elderly and nursing home patients. Each year 8% of individuals 75 suffer a serious fall-related injury. Hip fractures often result in hospitalization and nursing home admission. For each person who is physically disabled, there are others whose functional independence is constrained by anxiety and fear of falling. Nearly one in five of elderly individuals voluntarily limit their activity because of fear of falling....

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