Fragilidad y riesgo de caídas de adultos mayores en centros de atención de terapia física

Giorgia Casimiro Guerra, Florian Gualberto Fabian Flores, Juvita Dina Soto Hilario

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Introduction: The susceptibility and risk of falls among older adults are becoming increasingly important topics in Physical Therapy centers, due to the marked tendency of this age group to experience severe adverse repercussions. Objective: To determine the relationship between frailty and the risk of falls in older adults attended in physical therapy centers in the Surquillo (Lima-Peru) district in 2023. Methods: This research adopted a quantitative correlational approach, analyzing frailty and fall risk in 85 older adults in physical therapy centers. Two validated instruments were used: the Frailty Scale and the Downton Fall Risk Scale. Data analysis was performed using SPSS software v28, conducting descriptive and inferential analyses, including Kendall's Tau correlations, and ensuring ethics and confidentiality at all times. Results: A significant 75.3% of participants had experienced previous falls, while 92.9% were taking medications. Additionally, 96.5% presented with sensorimotor deficits. The distribution of fall risk showed that 35.3% of individuals were at low risk, 60% at medium risk, and 4.7% at high risk. Regarding frailty, 21.2% reported it, and 64.7% demonstrated resilience. Conclusions: By implementing strategies focused on improving physical resistance and managing fatigability, it is possible to significantly reduce the risk of falls, thereby improving the quality of life and promoting the independence of older adults.

Título traducido de la contribuciónFrailty and Fall Risk in Older Adults at Physical Therapy Care Centers
Idioma originalEspañol
Número de artículoe3232
PublicaciónRevista Cubana de Investigaciones Biomedicas
EstadoPublicada - 2024

Palabras clave

  • fall risk
  • fatigability
  • frailty
  • older adults
  • physical therapy


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