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Balance, Strength Training Reduce Falls for Elderly, Study Finds
Date:8/8/2012

participation in daily activities.

Participants in the lifestyle-integrated exercise group also adhered to their program better than the older people in the other two groups, according to the report published Aug. 7 in the online edition of BMJ.

The drop in the rate of falls for the participants in the structured exercise group was insignificant, the authors noted in a journal news release.

The lifestyle-integrated exercise program "provides an alternative to traditional exercise for older people to reduce falls, to improve function in doing activities and to enhance participation in daily life," the researchers concluded.

The author of an accompanying editorial agreed.

"Therapeutic exercises, education and physical activities need to be sustainable, enjoyable and effective over the long term," Meg Morris, professor from the University of Melbourne, explained in the editorial. "The belief that falls should be accepted and tolerated as part of the aging process is a myth that needs dispelling. Many falls can and should be prevented."

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about older people and falls.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: BMJ, news release, Aug. 7, 2012


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