PREVALENCE OF FALL AMONG ELDERLY FELDA SETTLER IN BATANG PADANG
Fall is a major cause of injuries among elderly that can lead to increase the risk of early morbidity and mortality.
The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of falls among community-dwelling elderly in FELDA settlers in Batang Padang and its associated factors.
Data were collected from a cross-sectional survey in 2 randomly selected FELDA community in Batang Padang with 444 individuals aged 60 years and above were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Relevant information about socio-demographic, history of falls in the past 1 year, and physical activity level were enquired.
The prevalence of falls in the past 1 year among community-dwelling elderly was reported to be 17.9% with 80% of faller had history of fall more than once. 55.5% of faller happen within house compound and 72.4% are being treated as outpatient. There is no significant association level of physical activity among elderly between tendency of fall among elderly. (AOR=0.893, CI=0.51-1.56)
Most elderly in FELDA settler in Batang Padang had a repeated incidence of fall more than once within 1 year which can possibly lead to its morbidity and mortality. However, there is no association between fall and physical activity. Thus, other factors need to be studied such as patient’s comorbid, home medication and visual acuity to correlate its association with risk of fall.