Where: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St, Sydney When:Friday 11th May 2018
Abstract submission open by end of January
April Falls Day® 2018 will be held on Wednesday 4 April 2018.
The theme for 2018 April Falls Day® is Nutrition and Hydration – Eating well to prevent falls.
April Falls merchandise (t-shirts, baloons, pens, sticky notes and glasses cleaners) is available for purchase by LHDs and service providers. Merchandise catalogue and order form are available on our website http://fallsnetwork.neura.edu.au/All orders need to be with Good Gear by Wednesday, 7 February 2018, including a purchase order number (for Local Health District orders).
Please contact Ingrid Hutchinson, NSW Falls Prevention Project Officer on 02 9269 5516 or email:Ingrid.email@example.com for further information.
Vision impairment and fall risk in older people: a mini-review
Vision makes an important contribution to balance, and impaired vision resulting from eye disease (macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts) is a significant independent risk factor for falls and fractures in older people. Restricted visual field size and reduced ability to detect low contrast hazards, judge distances and perceive spatial all appear to be the major visual risk factors for falls. Multifocal glasses can add to fall risk because their near-vision lenses impair distance contrast sensitivity and depth perception in the lower visual field reducing the ability of an older person to detect environmental hazards. There is now randomised controlled trial evidence that maximising vision through restricting multifocal glasses use to active older people and cataract surgery for the first eye are effective fall prevention strategies. Occupational therapy interventions involving home hazard reductions are also effective in preventing falls in severe visually impaired older people. It is therefore important older people undergo regular eye examinations by eye care providers (optometrists and ophthalmologists). Resources
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