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How Much Time in Sedentary Behavior Should Be Reduced to Decrease Fear of Falling and Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults?

Authors
  • Canever, Jaquelini Betta1
  • Danielewicz, Ana Lúcia1
  • Oliveira Leopoldino, Amanda Aparecida2
  • Corseuil, Maruí Weber1
  • de Avelar, Núbia Carelli Pereira1
  • 1 Laboratory of Aging, Resources and Rheumatology, Department of Health Sciences, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Araranguá, Santa Catarina,Brazil. , (Brazil)
  • 2 Medical Sciences of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais,Brazil. , (Brazil)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of aging and physical activity
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2022
Volume
30
Issue
5
Pages
806–812
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1123/japa.2021-0175
PMID: 34911037
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Fear of falling and history of falls are frequent situations in older adults, which can be aggravated by sedentary behavior (SB). The objective was to establish SB cutoff values which discriminate falls and fear of falling in older adults and verify the association between these conditions. This was a cross-sectional study including 308 community-dwelling older adults. The SB was assessed by International Physical Activity Questionnaire. The outcomes were history of falling in the last 12 months and fear of falling (higher or equal than 23 points in Falls Efficacy Scale International-Brazil). The cutoff points found were >4.14 (area under curve = 0.60, 95% confidence intervals [CIs] [0.54, 0.65]) and >3.90 hr per day (area under curve = 0.59, 95% CI [0.53, 0.64]) for fear of falling and history of falls, respectively. Older adults with SB had 1.71 (95% CI [1.03, 2.84]) and 1.75 (95% CI [1.06, 2.89]) greater odds of having greater fear of falling and suffering falls, respectively.

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