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Positive components of mental health provide significant protection against likelihood of falling in older women over a 13-year period

Burns, Richard; Byles, Julie; Mitchell, Paul; Anstey, Kaarin


BACKGROUND: In late life, falls are associated with disability, increased health service utilization and mortality. Physical and psychological risk factors of falls include falls history, grip strength, sedative use, stroke, cognitive impairment, and mental ill-health. Less understood is the role of positive psychological well-being components. This study investigated the protective effect of vitality on the likelihood of falls in comparison to mental and physical health. METHODS: Female...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012-03-12
Type: Journal article
Source: International Psychogeriatrics 24.9 (2012): 1419-28
DOI: 1017/S1041610212000154


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