Authors: Nadia Williams and Mandy Meehan, NSW
Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings 2014, unintentional injury, physical health
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Falls are the leading cause of injuries among older adults, aged 65 and over. Best evidence suggests that anxiety, depression and multiple medications are predictors of falls in older people. This pilot study was to assess the feasibility of The Stepping On program (Clemson et al, 2004) a structured evidence based falls prevention program with community older Mental Health consumers. Ten consumers were enrolled in the single arm pilot trial taking part in the seven week program (two hours a week).
Validated instruments were administered at baseline and at completion. All participants improved in gait strength and balance. Psychological Distress measures showed a group improvement. These Improvements were independently maintained when re-tested after three months. The program was safe, cost effective. Recruitment was feasible. Stepping On resulted in improved mobility, increased confidence, improved mood and a reduced fear of falling, encouraging desired behavioral changes and promoting responsibility for individual health.