SilverFit 3D reduces number of falls

Exercising with the SilverFit 3D reduces the number of falls

Falling is a major concern for elderly people, and often results in a negative outcome. According to VeiligheidNL, 124.000 Dutch elderly people, 65 years and older, visited an emergency department (ED) in 2017 due to a fall accident (VeiligheidNL, 2017). Around one third of these people were then hospitalized. In the same year, 3.849 elderly people died as a result of a fall accident. For this reason, it is important that all health care sectors promote fall prevention.

Exergaming for fall prevention

Stanmore et al. (2019) showed that exergaming for elderly people is an accepted and effective way to improve balance and reduce the fear of falling. Elderly people in the control group were asked to independently perform three conventional strength and balance exercises for 6 weeks. Elderly people in the intervention group could join exergames three times a week under supervision, next to the conventional exercises. For the intervention group, a significant positive effect was found on fear of falling and pain, in comparison with the control group. Next to this, the number of fall accidents was lower for the intervention group than for the control group.

Fall prevention protocol for the SilverFit 3D

The SilverFit 3D offers exergames, to train balance among other things. The SilverFit 3D, specifically designed for use by older people, is a virtual therapy system to train gross motor skills and ADL tasks during rehabilitation sessions or supervised exercise programs. The SilverFit 3D also includes an exercise program specifically for fall prevention. Van Gastel & Van der Burgt (2012) developed this fall prevention program for the SilverFit 3D to improve the users’ balance and gait pattern, and to enhance lower extremity muscle strength. Participants exercised an hour, two times a week, for 6 weeks. Results showed that each participant improved their performance on tests like the Timed Up & Go, the Berg Balance Scale and the Timed Chair Stand.


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  • Stanmore, E.K., Mavroeidi, A., De Jong, L.D., Skelton, D.A., Sutton, C.J., Benedetto, V. ... Todd, C. (2019). The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of strength and balance Exergames to reduce falls risk for people aged 55 years and older in UK assisted living facilities: a multi-centre, cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Medicine, 17(49).
  • Van Gastel, M., & Van der Burgt, R. (2012). Verminderen van vallen met de SilverFit. Fysiotherapie & Ouderenzorg, 26(1), 11-17. 
  • VeiligheidNL (2017). Privé-valongevallen bij ouderen. Ongevalscijfers 2017. Amsterdam: VeiligheidNL.