Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

2017 Edition
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Conceptual Model of Habit Reforming to Improve Balance and Prevent Falls

  • Lindy ClemsonEmail author
  • Jo Munro
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-082-7_291


Automatic behaviors; Challenge your balance; Cues to action; Do more and be safe; Integrate balance and strength training within daily tasks; Load your muscles; Visualize and plan


Understanding how habitual behaviour can be adapted and changes maintained are core concepts in an applied model of behaviour change to embed balance and strength training into daily life activities and routines with the goal of reducing the risk of falling.

Definition Statement

Habits: automatic behavioral responses to environmental or situational cues developed through repetition in consistent contexts.

Falls: an event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level (WHO).

Balance: the ability to maintain an upright posture and keep the body within the base of support with minimal postural sway. Maintaining balance involves motor planning and the integration of input from multiple sensory systems.

Functional exercise: training that is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit, Faculty of Health SciencesThe University of SydneyLidcombeAustralia