Dennis Klima, a Temple PhD graduate, published his work regarding fear of falling and balance in older men. Congrats Dennis!
J Aging Phys Act. 2012 Nov 19. [Epub ahead of print]
Fear of Falling and Balance Ability in Older Men: The Priest Study.
Studies examining fear of falling among older adult men remain limited. The objectives of this study were to compare balance confidence in two age cohorts of older clergy and identify predictive determinants of balance confidence in a liturgical research initiative. Participants included 131 community-dwelling Roman Catholic priests aged 60-97 years living in religious communities in 10 Mid-Atlantic states. Subjects completed the Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale (ABC), Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test, and 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS). Younger priests (60-74 years) demonstrated a significantly higher ABC score than the older cohort (75 and above years) of priests (89.1± 12.6 vs.78.4 ± 13.9, p =0.001). Confidence was significantly correlated with BBS (rho=0.69; p<0.01), TUG (r= -0.58; p<0.01), and GDS (r=-0.39; p<0.01) scores. A stepwise regression model demonstrated that balance ability, mood, assistive device use, and physical activity predicted 52% of the variance in balance confidence.