Oral Communication

Living Lab Balance and Preventing Falls - Languedoc-Roussillon

Prof Hubert BLAINa, Prof Jean BOUSQUETa

a Pôle Gérontologie, CHU Montpellier

Introduction: The fall is defined as being driven to the ground from his height unintentionally. Approximately 30% of subjects aged 65 and over living at home experience at least one fall per year and one third of them are recurrent fallers. Approximately 30% of falls induce a complication that requires medical consultation, the fracture is responsible for about 10% of these complications. Falls are the third leading cause of years lived with disability and one of the leading causes of hospitalization. The falls also have psychological consequences, such as fear of falling and loss of confidence leading to restriction of activities and deterioration of physical abilities and social interactions. The risk of falling in the elderly causes a family burden and is a major factor leading to the institutionalization of the elderly.

Method: Fall prevention is a public health priority declared by the European Commission to improve the life expectancy of the European population health and prevent hospitalizations. The Living Lab Balance and Preventing Falls in Languedoc-Roussillon was labeled in the framework of its call 2020 initiatives to promote active and healthy aging (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing).

Results - Discussion: The Living Lab brings together all regional and extra-regional powers in the area of falls prevention, around a Regional Centre Balance and Preventing Falls based at Montpellier University Hospital, with specialized hospital and non-hospital consultations, specific training for doctors, caregivers, or public and research structures and companies, which all or part of the activity is the development of tools to predict the risk of loss and / or reduce their incidence or severity in the elderly.

Keywords : Falls prevention, Ageing, Living lab