Falls are a very important problem for older adults since they affect 30% of the elderly population, tend to be recurrent and result in serious consequences, such as injuries, loss of independence, institutionalization and even death.
Falls can be prevented if the major risk factors are identified and timely mitigated, even though, fall risk screenings are still not established as a common procedure due to lack of resources.
Most of the known fall risk factors result in physical impairments that can be assessed systematically, using specific movement tests and movement sensors.
Author: Alcino Sousa
Type: MSc thesis
Partner: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto