Delay in perception of falls is part of getting older which thereby increases the risk of injury or death in seniors, says a recent study. The findings will help shape the development of wearable fall prevention technology and allow clinicians to more accurately identify at-risk individuals. “Falling threatens one’s survival,” said Michael Barnett-Cowan, a kinesiology professor at Waterloo and senior author on the study. To measure fall perception, researchers presented study participants with a sound at different times relative to a supervised fall. “This lag means that by the time older adults realise they are falling, it’s often too late for them to consciously do anything about it,” said Barnett Cowan.
Source: Hindustan Times October 12, 2017 08:26 UTC