Manpreet Kaur*, Dr. Jasbir Kaur, Dr. Priyanka Devgun and Dr. Sarit Sharma


Falls are one of the major problems in the elderly and are considered to be one of the “Geriatric Giants”, result from a complex interplay of predisposing and precipitating factors in a person’s environment. The study was undertaken in the rural and urban field practice areas of Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar. A pretested semi-structured interview schedule was administered to 500 elderly from each area. Prevalence of fall was higher among the rural elderly (25.8%) as compared to 22.2% in urban elderly in last one year but statistically it was non-significant. The most frequent place of fall was bathroom followed by stairs in both the areas. Slip followed by losing balance was the frequent type of fall in both the areas of elderly. Various activities were reported while fall occurred, as such bathing and ambulation contributed to more number of fall among rural and urban elderly.

Keywords: Fall, Elderly, place of fall.

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