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abilities and activity performance are assessed, the therapist will make a
judgment regarding whether the senior is at risk for avoiding activities
that he/she is capable of performing.
-Personal abilities and level of activity performance would be in balance if a senior is performing all activities that are necessary for independent living and are able to pursue meaningful activities (such as leisure, social activities, religious services, etc..) without excessive fear or avoidance behaviors.
-The senior may be appropriately cautious in activities that pose a higher risk of falling or are more challenging to their balance, and this would be considered a rational response and fear of falling is probably not a problem.
-Although fear of falling may not currently be a problem, these seniors are appropriate to target for prevention efforts. Knowledge about consequences of excessive fear and activity restriction may be especially useful for people who have some fear of falling.