A Research on Functional Status, Environmental Conditions, and Risk of Falls in Dementia

This study aimed to determine the effects of disability, physical activity, and functional status as well as environmental conditions on the risk of falls among the elderly with dementia after adjusting for sociodemographic factors. Data were derived from a group including 1210 Malaysian elderly who...

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Main Authors: Sima Ataollahi Eshkoor, Tengku Aizan Hamid, Siti Sa’adiah Hassan Nudin, Chan Yoke Mun
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: Hindawi Limited 2014-01-01
Series:International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
Online Access:http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/769062
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spelling doaj-e92688d72f804b88a7ce5d53c35784da2020-11-25T00:52:16ZengHindawi LimitedInternational Journal of Alzheimer's Disease2090-80242090-02522014-01-01201410.1155/2014/769062769062A Research on Functional Status, Environmental Conditions, and Risk of Falls in DementiaSima Ataollahi Eshkoor0Tengku Aizan Hamid1Siti Sa’adiah Hassan Nudin2Chan Yoke Mun3Institute of Gerontology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Selangor, MalaysiaInstitute of Gerontology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Selangor, MalaysiaInstitute for Behavioral Research, 50590 Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaInstitute of Gerontology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Selangor, MalaysiaThis study aimed to determine the effects of disability, physical activity, and functional status as well as environmental conditions on the risk of falls among the elderly with dementia after adjusting for sociodemographic factors. Data were derived from a group including 1210 Malaysian elderly who were demented and noninstitutionalized. The study was a national cross-sectional survey that was entitled “Determinants of Health Status among Older Malaysians.” Approximately 17% of subjects experienced falls. The results showed that ethnic non-Malay (OR=1.73) and functional decline (OR=1.67) significantly increased the risk of falls in samples (P<0.05). The findings indicated that increased environmental quality (OR=0.64) significantly decreased the risk of falls (P<0.05). Disability, age, marital status, educational level, sex differences, and physical activity were found irrelevant to the likelihood of falls in subjects (P>0.05). It was concluded that functional decline and ethnic non-Malay increased the risk of falls but the increased environmental quality reduced falls.http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/769062
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author Sima Ataollahi Eshkoor
Tengku Aizan Hamid
Siti Sa’adiah Hassan Nudin
Chan Yoke Mun
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Tengku Aizan Hamid
Siti Sa’adiah Hassan Nudin
Chan Yoke Mun
A Research on Functional Status, Environmental Conditions, and Risk of Falls in Dementia
International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
author_facet Sima Ataollahi Eshkoor
Tengku Aizan Hamid
Siti Sa’adiah Hassan Nudin
Chan Yoke Mun
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title A Research on Functional Status, Environmental Conditions, and Risk of Falls in Dementia
title_short A Research on Functional Status, Environmental Conditions, and Risk of Falls in Dementia
title_full A Research on Functional Status, Environmental Conditions, and Risk of Falls in Dementia
title_fullStr A Research on Functional Status, Environmental Conditions, and Risk of Falls in Dementia
title_full_unstemmed A Research on Functional Status, Environmental Conditions, and Risk of Falls in Dementia
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publisher Hindawi Limited
series International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
issn 2090-8024
2090-0252
publishDate 2014-01-01
description This study aimed to determine the effects of disability, physical activity, and functional status as well as environmental conditions on the risk of falls among the elderly with dementia after adjusting for sociodemographic factors. Data were derived from a group including 1210 Malaysian elderly who were demented and noninstitutionalized. The study was a national cross-sectional survey that was entitled “Determinants of Health Status among Older Malaysians.” Approximately 17% of subjects experienced falls. The results showed that ethnic non-Malay (OR=1.73) and functional decline (OR=1.67) significantly increased the risk of falls in samples (P<0.05). The findings indicated that increased environmental quality (OR=0.64) significantly decreased the risk of falls (P<0.05). Disability, age, marital status, educational level, sex differences, and physical activity were found irrelevant to the likelihood of falls in subjects (P>0.05). It was concluded that functional decline and ethnic non-Malay increased the risk of falls but the increased environmental quality reduced falls.
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