Exercise for reducing fear of falling in older people living in the community
Many older people are afraid of falling, more so after experiencing a fall. Fear of falling can have a serious impact on an older person's health and life as it often reduces their physical and social activities.
In research conducted by Denise Kendrick et. al, it was hoped to ascertain whether exercise, in the form of a planned, structured, repetitive physical activity aimed at improving physical fitness, helps to reduce fear of falling. Types of exercise interventions include balance training, strength and resistance training and three-dimensional (3D) exercises, such as dance or Tai Chi. Exercise can be provided in various ways. It can involve group sessions where participants are taught in a class by an instructor or individuals may be provided with exercise instruction booklets, DVDs or tapes to enable them to exercise on their own without supervision.