GA Rixt Zijlstra

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BACKGROUND Orientation and mobility (O&M) training is provided to people who are visually impaired to help them maintain travel independence. It teaches them new orientation and mobility skills to compensate for reduced visual information. OBJECTIVES The objective of this review was to assess the effects of (O&M) training, with or without associated(More)
BACKGROUND Fear of falling and avoidance of activity are common in old age and are suggested to be (public) health problems of equal importance to falls. Earlier studies of correlates of fear of falling and avoidance of activity did hardly differentiate between severe and mild levels of fear of falling and avoidance of activity which may be relevant from(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of this cross-sectional study were to assess the presence of feelings of anxiety and symptoms of depression among older persons who avoid activity for fear of falling and to assess whether feelings of anxiety and symptoms of depression are independently associated with the severity of fear of falling and fear-related activity(More)
PURPOSE Previous studies showed that older persons with vision loss generally reported low levels of health-related quality of life, although study outcomes with respect to feelings of anxiety and social support were inconsistent. The objective of this study was to examine the impact of low vision on health-related quality of life, including feelings of(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to examine the association of low vision with clinically relevant symptoms of anxiety and depression among community-living older adults seeking vision rehabilitation services. METHODS Differences in the prevalence of clinically relevant symptoms of anxiety and depression (assessed with the Hospital Anxiety and(More)
BACKGROUND Orientation and mobility (O&M) training in using an identification (ID) cane is provided to partially-sighted older adults to facilitate independent functioning and participation in the community. Recently, a protocolised standardised O&M-training in the use of the ID cane was developed in The Netherlands. The purpose of this study is to assess(More)
BACKGROUND Fear of falling and associated avoidance of activity are common among older people and may have negative consequences in terms of functional decline, quality of life and institutionalisation. We evaluated the effects of a cognitive behavioural group intervention to reduce fear of falling and associated avoidance of activity among older persons.(More)
BACKGROUND Concerns about falls are common among older people. These concerns, also referred to as fear of falling, can have serious physical and psychosocial consequences, such as functional decline, increased risk of falls, activity restriction, and lower social participation. Although cognitive behavioral group programs to reduce concerns about falls are(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to provide an overview of the development, content, feasibility, and effectiveness of existing orientation and mobility training programmes in the use of the identification cane. DATA SOURCES A systematic bibliographic database search in PubMed, PsychInfo, ERIC, CINAHL and the Cochrane Library was performed, in combination with(More)
BACKGROUND Concerns about falls are frequently reported by older people. These concerns can have serious consequences such as an increased risk of falls and the subsequent avoidance of activities. Previous studies have shown the effectiveness of a multicomponent group programme to reduce concerns about falls. However, owing to health problems older people(More)