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SP0176 Healthy Aging! Preventing Falls in People with RMDS
  1. C. Ioulianos
  1. Cosmos-Rheuma +, Association of Health Profesionals against RMDs, Nicosia, Cyprus


As we grow older, many changes happen in our physiological condition, namely in the musculoskeletal, central nervous and cardiovascular systems, resulting in a decrease in muscle mass, strength, power, endurance, as well as a decrease in instability, proprioception, gait velocity and stability etc. At the same time there is an increase in blood pressure, fat mass e.a, all of which mean a lower quality of life for the elderly. People with RMDs experience these symptoms in a faster and more intense way. One of the most dangerous aspects of aging is instability and falling, or even fear of falling, because of various reasons, such as impaired muscle strength, postural inability e.a. The importance of exercise in both preventing falls and increasing self-confidence has long been scientifically established. A suggested sensorimotor training progression, based on the principles of proprioception is presented and analyzed in its three stages/levels: first, the static level, then the dynamic and, lastly, the functional. Conclusively, despite the discouraging changes in the physiological condition of the elderly and especially with people with RMDs, if a progressive and continuous exercise programme is followed through, the risk of falling can be decreased and the quality of life can be increased.

Disclosure of Interest None declared

DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-eular.6236

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