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Fall predictions in elderly??

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3 Sep 2016 - General
 

I recently overheard in the radio that there is a new study on fall prediction in elderly that predicts when is your next fall in the next 2 weeks or so, I tried looking for a link for the study but was unable to look for one. It is happening in Europe and is still on-going. Basically the do postural measurments of the individual, pace them, measuring their speed and velocity of their sway and so forth. 

Does any of you know about this? If you do please share. 

Also, they were saying on radio that cameras will be installed in homes to monitor their activities for the analyst to predict their next fall. Honestly I find this unrealistic and not practical. A person might be unstable in gait but does not mean that they will fall all the time. Because, by the time we asses the patient's gait, we would already come to a conclusion that the particular patient must not be left alone. Therefore reducing the risk for fall. I think this is just another publicity stunt to generate income for themselves by using the elderly. We have been using own old fashion way of assess a patient's fall risk for many years and it has worked well unless negligence is involved. I do not support the idea of this as it is just another time waster and bottomline is the elderly needs assistance. 

What are your thoughts if this was implemented in the healthcre industry in your county? Would you agree? And why?