Fabio Feldman

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BACKGROUND Falls in elderly people are a major health burden, especially in the long-term care environment. Yet little objective evidence is available for how and why falls occur in this population. We aimed to provide such evidence by analysing real-life falls in long-term care captured on video. METHODS We did this observational study between April 20,(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the accuracy of perceived postural limits between older fallers with good working memory and those with poor working memory. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING Research laboratory. PARTICIPANTS Thirty-three community-dwelling older adults with a history of falls. INTERVENTIONS Not applicable. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES We(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of flooring type and resident weight on external hand forces required to push floor-based lifts in long-term care (LTC). BACKGROUND Novel compliant flooring is designed to reduce fall-related injuries among LTC residents but may increase forces required for staff to perform pushing tasks. A(More)
Falls are a major cause of injury in the elderly, and risk for falls depends on frequency of imbalance episodes. Improved techniques are required for determining how risk for imbalance during daily activities depends on behavioural (e.g., risk taking) versus neuromuscular factors. We developed a novel technique to determine whether differences exist between(More)
The goal of this study was to determine whether differences exist between young and elderly adults in cautiousness or tendency to approach imbalance during a forward reaching task. Young (n = 26) and elderly (n = 25) adults participated in trials that required them to reach forward as quickly as possible to contact a target that moved back and forth, in and(More)
BACKGROUND Falls are the number one cause of injuries in older adults, and are particularly common in long-term care (LTC). Lack of objective evidence on the mechanisms of falls in this setting is a major barrier to prevention. Video capture of real-life falls can help to address this barrier, if valid tools are available for data analysis. To address this(More)
BACKGROUND Compliant flooring, broadly defined as flooring systems or floor coverings with some level of shock absorbency, may reduce the incidence and severity of fall-related injuries in older adults; however, a lack of synthesized evidence may be limiting widespread uptake. METHODS Informed by the Arksey and O'Malley framework and guided by a Research(More)
BACKGROUND Hip protectors represent an attractive strategy for reducing hip fractures among high-risk fallers in long-term care facilities. However, clinical studies yield conflicting results regarding their clinical value. This is mainly due to poor acceptance and adherence among users in wearing these devices. As a result, there is an urgent need to(More)