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Fear of falling and its predictors among community-living older adults in Korea

Title
Fear of falling and its predictors among community-living older adults in Korea
Author
홍귀령
Keywords
fear of falling; Korea; older adults; predictors
Issue Date
2017-04
Publisher
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS
Citation
AGING & MENTAL HEALTH, v. 21, no. 4, page. 369-378
Abstract
Objectives: To explore the prevalence and predicting factors of fear of falling (FOF) among community-living older adults in Korea. Methods: Secondary data analysis of the 2011 Korean National Elderly Living Conditions and Welfare Desire Survey was used. Logistic regression analysis was conducted to examine the predictors of FOF. Results: In total, 75.6% of older adults with normal cognition have FOF. Factors associated with an increased risk of FOF in older adults are previous experience with falling (OR = 3.734, 95% CI = 2.996-4.655), limitations in the performance of exercise involving lower extremities (OR = 2.428, 95% CI = 2.063-2.858), being female (OR = 2.335, 95% CI = 2.023-2.694), having more than three chronic diseases (OR = 1.994, 95% CI = 1.625-2.446), limitations in instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) (OR = 1.745, 95% CI = 1.230-2.477), limitations in the performance of exercise involving upper extremities (OR = 1.646, 95% CI = 1.357-1.997), living without a spouse (OR = 1.626, 95% CI = 1.357-1.948), having poor self-rated health (OR = 1.571, 95% CI = 1.356-1.821), limitations in muscle strength (OR = 1.455, 95% CI = 1.150-1.841), age (75 years) (OR = 1.320, 95% CI = 1.150-1.516), lower levels of education (0-6 years) (OR = 1.231, 95% CI = 1.075-1.409), and life satisfaction (OR = 1.104, 95% CI = 1.065-1.114). Conclusion: A multidimensional construct of general characteristics, physical, and psychosocial variables act as risk factors for FOF. Preventive intervention should be developed to decrease the FOF among Korean older adults.
URI
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13607863.2015.1099034https://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/113529
ISSN
1360-7863; 1364-6915
DOI
10.1080/13607863.2015.1099034
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