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Dizziness, Physical Exercise, Falls, and Depression in Adults and the Elderly

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Title
Dizziness, Physical Exercise, Falls, and Depression in Adults and the Elderly
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International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology, November 2015
DOI 10.1055/s-0035-1566304
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Adriane Teixeira, Mariane Wender, Andréa Gonçalves, Cíntia Freitas, Ana Santos, Cristina Soldera

Abstract

Introduction Dizziness is a symptom that can lead to falls, which, in turn, undermine onés independence and autonomy, leading to several comorbidities. The practice of physical exercise, however, can help prevent falls. Objective The objective of this study is to confirm the association between physical exercise, dizziness, probability of falling, and depressive symptoms in a group of middle-aged adults and seniors. Methods The authors evaluated subjects based on history, the Geriatric Depression Scale, and functional reach test. Results The sample consisted of 90 individuals with a mean age of 69.3 ± 6.8 years. The authors found that 37.8% had been practicing exercise, 33.7% had depressive symptoms, and their probability of falling was above average in the functional reach test. Conclusion The results of this study indicated an association between dizziness, exercise practice and depressive symptoms, indicating that physical activity is a beneficial factor for the aging population.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Portugal 1 1%
Unknown 72 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 16 22%
Student > Bachelor 9 12%
Student > Postgraduate 9 12%
Researcher 9 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 8%
Other 10 14%
Unknown 14 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 17 23%
Medicine and Dentistry 16 22%
Sports and Recreations 16 22%
Neuroscience 2 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 1%
Other 4 5%
Unknown 17 23%