Fear of falling in certain situations 'no different for Parkinson's patients'

Fear of falling in certain situations 'no different for Parkinson's patients'

Anxiety and fear have a direct impact on how people feel about balancing and falling in certain situations, including those with Parkinson's disease.

Fear of falling and anxiety are two common non-motor symptoms exhibited by those with Parkinson's and can often prevent many people with the condition from enjoying outdoor exercise.

Research, published in journal Neuroscience, investigated whether people with Parkinson's reacted differently to others when it came to anxiety around falling.

Scientists placed 14 people with Parkinson's and 16 without were standing in three different situations, increasing the risk of falling each time.

The first situation was standing at ground level, followed by standing at the edge of a surface with 80cm height and then standing at the edge of a surface with an elevation of 160cm.

It was found that the anxiety was the same for both groups.

Meanwhile, researchers from Loyola University Health System wrote in journal Frontiers in Neurology that age-related neurological conditions were bound to increase as the population gets older.

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