IDE contribution to World Guidelines for Fall Prevention
Falls become increasingly common as we get older. They can be devastating for older people from a psychological and physical perspective, resulting in loss of confidence, loss of independence, pain, injury, depression and even death.
That’s why over the last three years, the World Falls Task Force assembled 96 multidisciplinary experts from 39 countries including IDE’s Tischa van de Cammen, Anton Jellema and Wolf Song, to develop the peer-reviewed ‘World Guidelines for Falls Prevention and Management for Older Adults: A Global Initiative’. The guidelines, published in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, were twittered around the world some 2.75 million times within 24 hours of publication.
IDE contributed to a chapter called “Falls and Technology” which concluded that “there is evidence for using wearables for falls detection and prevention available in research settings, however it has not been translated yet to the clinical encounter. Gait and balance assessment via sensors have the potential to be biomarkers for fall risk.”