Maintaining a physically active lifestyle has shown to decrease the risks of falling by slowing down the degenerative changes that occur with aging adults. But despite these physical changes, research has recognized the development of the fear of falling (FOF) as also attributing to the aging adults’ risk of falling. Furthermore, increases the risk of falling and subsequently increases the loss of independency. This study aimed to: 1) examine the relationships between the levels of physical activity, degree of FOF, and fall risk using quantitative approach; and 2) explore the changes of FOF and understand its cause using qualitative approach. Data was collected from participants through various assessments including the Rapid Assessment of Physical Activity (RAPA) for measuring physical activity, shortened version of Falls Efficacy Scale-International (FES-I) for measuring FOF, and semi-structured one-on-one interviews. As data is being analyzed, participants who increased their physical activity levels were identified to having lowered their level of FOF and those who had a decrease of physical activity levels showed an increase with their FOF. It was also translated that the notion of being aware played a key role on the individuals FOF from 46% of the 13 participants interviewed and over 80% also stated not having talked to their doctor about their risks of falling and prevention. The importance of maintaining a physical activity level not only continues to prove the benefits it has on the individual’s risk of falling but how it also plays a role on the individuals fear of falling.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Nursing
Garcia, Oscar L., "A Mixed Methods Study on Levels of Physical Activity and Degree of Fear of Falling in Older Adults" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1240.