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Practicing Moving to Music May Help Elderly Avoid Falls
Date:11/23/2010

ersonalized multimedia education program does not appear to reduce the risk of falls among older hospital patients.

The program, which included written materials, videos and one-on-one follow-up with a trained professional, offered information about the frequency and causes of falls. It also encouraged patients to think about their own fall risks, identify problem areas, and develop fall prevention goals and strategies.

But the researchers didn't find much difference in the rate of falls between the intervention group and a control group -- 7.6 versus 9.3 falls per 1,000 days per patient.

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The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about falls and older adults.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news releases, Nov. 22, 2010


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