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Screening Balance Deficits in Older Individuals Diagnosed With Cancer

Croarkin, Earllaine MPT, PT, NCS; Huang, Min-Hui PhD, PT

doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e318219915a
Cancer Rehabilitation
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Nearly one-third of older adults experience a fall every year. Balance and gait deficits are among the most important risk factors of falls. Cancer and associated interventions used to cure it challenge systems responsible for maintaining balance control. Older individuals diagnosed with cancer are more likely to develop impairments and disability and are at a slightly higher risk of falls. An improved understanding of age-related changes in balance control and increased knowledge of screening tools that identify those at risk for falls can help lower fall risk.

Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland (Ms Croarkin); and Physical Therapy Department, School of Health Professions and Studies, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint (Dr Huang).

Correspondence: Earllaine Croarkin, MPT, PT, NCS, Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, National Institutes of Health, 10 Center Dr MSC 1604, Bethesda, MD 20896 (earllaine_croarkin@nih.gov).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.