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This descriptive study examined fear of falling and correlated predictive factors among elderly. The sample comprised of 400 people older than 60 years that were randomly colllected according to the residential district in Chonburi province. Data collection was conducted by using questionnaires related to personal information, falls experience in the past year, fear of falling, balance confidence, and ability of daily living. Descriptive statistic, Pearson’s product moment correlation, and multiple regression were used for data analysis.
Results showed that the elderly’s fall experiences were once in a while (34.30%) or frequent (10.60%). Fear of falling and ability of daily living was at high level whereas balance confidence was at moderate level. Results of regression analysis indicated that the significant predictors for fear of falling included balance confidence (β = -.361, p <.001), fall experiences (β =.258, p <.001), and ability of daily living (β = -.157, p<.001). The three-variable model revealed 31.60% fear of falling among elderly.
This research points to strategic factors for reducing fear of falls in elderly through developing activities that promote balance confidence and ability of daily living in elderly.
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