Influence of skeletal muscles on the risk of falling in old age

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Schöne D, Freiberger E, Sieber C
Journal: Internist
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 58
Journal issue: 4
Pages range: 359-370
ISSN: 0020-9554
eISSN: 1432-1289


Falls in older adults are a major public health problem, affecting 1 in 3 persons aged 65 and over at least once a year. Consequences of falling include death, injuries, fear of falling, and subsequent loss of independence. The age-related loss of muscle mass and function (sarcopenia) as well as muscle strength are markers of the frailty syndrome. In addition, they are associated with physical function and are a risk factor for falling. Older adults should be screened for falls at least annually. If evaluated as at-risk, a comprehensive falls assessment should be conducted to determine an individual's risk profile. Physical exercise with balance and strength training play a key role in the prevention and management of functional decline and fall risk. Multifactorial interventions are indicated in at-risk individuals. In sarcopenic individuals, sufficient intake of protein must be taken into account and supplementation in combination with exercise appears to be useful.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Freiberger, Ellen PD Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Innere Medizin (Geriatrie)
Schöne, Daniel
Lehrstuhl für Innere Medizin (Geriatrie)
Sieber, Cornel Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Innere Medizin (Geriatrie)

How to cite

Schöne, D., Freiberger, E., & Sieber, C. (2017). Influence of skeletal muscles on the risk of falling in old age. Internist, 58(4), 359-370.

Schöne, Daniel, Ellen Freiberger, and Cornel Sieber. "Influence of skeletal muscles on the risk of falling in old age." Internist 58.4 (2017): 359-370.


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