Exercise seems to limit bad falls in elderly

Exercise seems to limit bad falls in elderly

Analysis of 17 trials suggests regular activities could stave off injury

By Nathan Seppa, 10:42 AM October 31, 2013

Elderly people who maintain a modest program of exercise are less likely to take a bad fall than those who do little physical activity. An analysis of 17 trials finds that people assigned to exercise regularly were substantially less likely to break a bone due to falling.

Falling in old age can be a life-changing event. People who fall are often frail to begin with, and an injury can compound their problems. In people over 75, for example, a broken hip worsens a person’s five-year survival odd...

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