Johanne Filiatrault

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BACKGROUND Recent studies show that fear of falling, a frequent fear of community-dwelling seniors, can have a negative impact on their health and quality of life. When fear of falling is intense, it can prompt individuals to limit or avoid certain activities. This activity restriction can lead to premature physical and functional decline and, ultimately,(More)
Objectives. The objective of this study was to identify individual and environmental correlates of fear of falling among community-dwelling seniors. Method. The study sample involved 288 community-dwelling adults aged 65 years or older going through the normal aging process. Fear of falling and a series of individual and environmental characteristics were(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the validity, reliability, and item hierarchy of a modified version of the Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) scale using an item-response theory framework and integrating modifications aimed at increasing user-friendliness and promoting better congruence of the scale with public health falls prevention strategies. DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the effect of a fall prevention program offered under real-world conditions on balance maintenance several months after the program. To explore the program's impact on falls. METHOD A quasi-experimental study was conducted among community-dwelling seniors, with pre- and postintervention measures of balance performance and(More)
Several studies have demonstrated the efficacy of falls-prevention programs designed for community-dwelling seniors using randomized designs. However, little is known about the feasibility of implementing these programs under natural conditions and about the success of these programs when delivered under such conditions. The objectives of this paper are to(More)
STUDY DESIGN Clinical measurement. INTRODUCTION The Upper Limb Functional Index (ULFI) is a self-report questionnaire assessing activity limitations/participation restrictions resulting from an upper limb musculoskeletal disorder (UL-MSD). It is suitable for use in a rehabilitation context where clinicians have important time constraints due to a heavy(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examines the 9-month impact of a 12-week falls prevention program (called Stand Up!) which included balance exercises and educational components on maintenance of physical activity among community-dwelling seniors. METHOD Data were collected among 98 experimental and 102 control participants at baseline, immediately after the program(More)
OBJECTIVE A relationship between generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and fear of falling (FOF) has long been proposed but never specifically studied. This study aimed at analyzing the relationship between FOF and GAD or anxiety symptoms, while controlling for major depressive episodes (MDE), depressive symptoms, fall risk, and sociodemographic variables. (More)
CONTEXT Volunteer work can be a very significant form of social participation for seniors. It can also provide seniors with important physical and psychological health benefits. This explains why occupational therapists and other health care professionals, as well as community workers who are concerned with healthy aging, appeal to seniors to volunteer in(More)