Falling: a mismatch between self-perceived and actual abilities in older adults?
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Falling: a mismatch between self-perceived and actual abilities in older adults?

Falls occur when we are exposed to balance threats and do not have the capacity to respond adequately. When our capacities decline with age, do we adjust our behaviour accordingly? Misjudgement of ones own abilities may cause sub-optimal motor behaviour and hence cause falls. Overestimation of capacities may lead to risk-taking and consequently to falls in daily activities. Underestimation, by contrast, may lead to sedentary behaviour and eventually falls through an accelerated decline of physical capacities. In this project, we investigate causes and consequences of misjudgements by older adults of their perceived abilities in relation to actual abilities, by a combination of experimental studies and a prospective cohort study (VIBE).

Project Parameters

Launch Date: 2014
Funding: ZON-MW VIDI (no. 91714344)

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