Analysis of the health profiles and prevalence of falls for patients over 65 years of age in a thermal environment

Authors: Bernard PL (1) , Raffort N (2) , Aliaga B (2) , Gamon L (3) , Faucanie M (3) , Picot MC (3) , Maurelli O (1) , Soriteau L (4) , Ninot G (5) , Bousquet J (6) , Blain H (7)
(1) Euromov, University of Montpellier (2) Société Publique Locale d'Exploitation de Balaruc-les-Bains (3) Department of Medical Information, University Hospital of Montpellier, University de Montpellier 1 (4) Hospital of Bassin de Thau (5) EA 4556 Epsylon, University of Montpellier (6) MACVIA-LR, Contre les MAladies Chroniques pour un VIeillissement Actif en Languedoc-Roussillon, European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Reference Site (7) Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Antonin Balmes Center, University Hospital of Montpellier
Source: Aging Clin Exp Res. 2019 Oct 30
DOI: 10.1007/s40520-019-01381-6 Publication date: Not specified E-Publication date: Oct. 30, 2019 Availability: abstract Copyright: © 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Language: English Countries: France Location: Balaruc-les-Bains Correspondence address:


Article abstract


A falls prevention programme has been initiated in balneotherapy at Balaruc-les-Bains.


To determine the health profiles of subjects who are at risk of falls, over 65 years of age and attending balneotherapy.


Questionnaires were used to evaluate people on their fear of falling. Fatigue was assessed by visual analog scale as well as by functional status over the past 12 months. EQ-5D-3L, the IPAQ questionnaire and Fried's frailty scale were all used. Patients' functional capabilities were tested using the Unipedal stance test, the TUG test, the SPPB, the Tandem walking test and the isometric manual grip strength test.


Out of the 1471 patients (72.45 years ± 5.10), the women (67%) were tested. In the last 12 months, 485 of these 1471 patients fell (33%) and 37% of them suffered a severe injury. 45-50% of these subjects are now in good health. Women had a significantly higher impaired perception of their health than men (0.02 < p < 0.0001). According to Fried's criteria, 10.2% of the population is considered frail, with a significantly greater number of women (p < 0.0001). Static equilibrium was subnormal (less than 12 s during the TUG). The number of steps in tandem position discriminates individuals and gender as does the speed of moving from A to B and muscular strength.


More than one-third of the subjects (more women than men) aged 65 or older visiting the Balaruc-les-Bains health resort are pre-frail or frail. They all have a recent history of falls, suffer from impaired muscle strength, and have balance and gait disorders.

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