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An older adult’s brain’s ability to react to external stimuli and environmental occurrences can help him or her to avert a fall. Slow reaction time can mean a reduced capacity to avoid a fall.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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For Geriatric Falls, Brain Speed May Matter More
Than Lower Limb Strength

“Why does a 30-year-old hit a foot against the curb in the parking lot and take a half step and recover, whereas a 71-year-old falls and an 82-year-old falls awkwardly and fractures a hip?” asks James Richardson, MD, a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan (U-M) Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center.

For the last several years, Richardson and his team have attempted to answer these questions, seeking which specific factors determine whether and why an older person successfully recovers from a trip or stumble. The effort aims to help prevent the serious injuries, disability, and even death that too often follow accidental falls.

“Falls research has been sort of stuck with investigators remassaging more than 100 identified fall risk factors, many of which are repetitive and circular,” Richardson explains. “For example, a 2014 review lists the following three leading risk factors for falls: poor gait/balance, taking a large number of prescription medications, and having a history of a fall in the prior year.”

Richardson suggests, “If engineers were asked why a specific class of boat sank frequently and the answer came back, ‘poor flotation and navigational ability, history of sinking in the prior year, and the captain took drugs,’ we would fire the engineers. Our goal has been to develop an understanding of the specific discrete characteristics that are responsible for success after a trip or stumble while walking and to make those characteristics measurable in the clinic.”

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