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Physical activity and successful aging
10th International EGREPA Conference

European Group for Research into Elderly and Physical Activity

14.09. - 16.09.2006 in Köln

Biomechanical measurement of physical function and falls

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Physical activity and successful aging. Xth International EGREPA Conference. Cologne, 14.-16.09.2006. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2006. Doc06pasa051

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Published: December 18, 2006

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Measurement of physical performance is a major issue in fall prevention related to assessment of risk factors. Here, gait analysis is becoming more and more important. Against the background that fall prevention should be linked to improvements of physical functioning, it is interesting to validly measure physical activity of persons at risk. In this context, physical activity has to be seen in relation to falls. As there is no way of reporting physical activity and falls accurately in frail elderly persons, technical devices are needed.

Different tools will be presented to measure walking performance, physical activity and falls in elderly persons.