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Initially, this fear was described by therapists. They noticed certain client behaviors which they attributed to this fear.

These clients:

  • showed alarm, hesitancy at the prospect of having to stand/walk
  • required maximum assistance of 1 or more people
  • were generally unsafe with walking--that is they clutched or grabbed at objects while walking or staggered, stumbled, rushed forward

They mentioned that the behaviors interfered with progress in therapy.

This fear was also described in a case study in which an elderly man was referred to the doctor because he decreased his activity due to fear of falling and had decreased independence in his daily activities.