A new research has concluded that aged people, who remain concerned about falling, even if they possess a good health and have no risk of falling, are more likely to have a fall. On the other hand, those with physical vulnerability are less likely to fall, who are not worried about falling.
The study was conducted by doctors in Sydney and Australia. It was published in the BMJ. The study was sponsored by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.
There are certain other factors put forward by the doctors that cause falling, which include people's eyesight, balance, muscle strength, and the type of medication they are put onto. The fear of falling has been studied by many researchers earlier also.
In the new study, 500 men and women aged 70 to 90 were observed. The researchers evaluated their self-perceived risk along with the physical risk of falling, for a year.
It was discovered that one-third of the people showed either the positive or negative attitude towards falling, and were assessed keeping in view their physical risk. Those with less physical risk but high feeling of falling witnessed more falls, as compared to those, who being physically threatened, had less falls due to their optimistic approach.
Those, who showed the fear of falling depicted symptoms of depression, self-perceived poor health, an inferior quality of life, and symptoms of anxiety. Those pursuing active lifestyle, good health, and good quality of life had less risk of falling.