Anxiety and Falls
In an article recently published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Science, researchers at the Institute for Health and Ageing have identified a link between anxiety disorders and physical falls. They also identified that this association becomes stronger with age. This multi-disciplinary collaboration, integrating areas of clinical psychology, ageing, and physical mobility, has led to confirmation of a psychological risk factor for the common and problematic occurrence of falls in older age.
As lead author, Dr David Hallford, notes, “the focus has historically been on the physical and medical risk factors for falls, while psychological contributors have been under-examined. This study supports the notion that there is a complex interaction of physical, medical, environmental, and psychological factors that contribute to falls risk. To be most effective, falls prevention efforts should consider all of these different aspects”.