In 2005 this paper by Campbell et al, showed that falls could be reduced in people with visual impairment with occupational therapy input. One arm of the trial used OEP exercises and in those who adhered to the training programme, there was a reduction in falls. Click here to view.
La Grow and colleagues have published this “how to” guide on their successful intervention to reduce falls with occupational therapy input and OEP exercises in people with visual impairment. Click here to view.
In 2007, Campbell and Robertson did a meta-analysis of all trials considering falls prevention and found exercise only interventions (particularly OEP) more cost effective and had the potential for a larger reach. Click here to view.
In 2008, Liu-Ambrose and colleagues showed in this RCT that executive function could be improved within 6 months of starting OEP and suggests that this, alongside improvements in balance, was responsible for the reduction in falls risk at one year. Click here to view.
A systematic review of the research trials evaluating the effect of exercise on reducing falls in older people. Published in 2000, this paper can be viewed here.
Dawn Skelton, in 1996, published a paper in Physiotherapy describing a 12 week controlled trial of seated strength, flexibility and stamina training with women aged 75 and over with multiple conditions and co-morbidities. The results were astounding. The programme, designed with Susie Dinan, forms the main exercises in the LLT Chair Based Exercise Leaders course.…
Dawn Skelton, in 1995, published (in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society) the results of a 12 week randomised controlled trial of seated strength training in women aged 75 and over. The effect was a rejuventation of some 20 years of lost strength just by taking part in strengthening exercises with therabands three times a…