Elderly Exercisers Have Fewer Broken Bones After Falls

For older adults and the elderly, falls are very serious. A new study suggests that those who exercise are less likely to become seriously injured in the case that they do fall. Thanks for visiting us at Advocare of South Florida. We provide Geriatric Care Management to area residence of North Palm Beach, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and more.

Older adults who exercise are less likely to fall, but if they do, they’re also less likely to get hurt, a new analysis suggests.

Researchers found that older adults taking part in fall prevention exercise programs were about 37 percent less likely to be injured during a tumble, compared to non-exercising participants.

“Falls are recognized as a serious and common medical problem experienced by older adults, but it’s also widely known that falls are preventable, and that exercise is an efficient way to prevent them,” Fabienne El-Khoury, the study’s lead author, told Reuters Health in an email.

“However there was no clear evidence that exercise (programs) can also reduce severe or more moderate injuries caused by falls, even though injuries due to falls have serious medical, psychological and economic consequences,” El-Khoury added.

She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Paris-Sud and at INSERM, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research.

Between 30 to 40 percent of people age 65 or older fall at least once each year, according to the government-backed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). About five to 10 percent of those people will have a serious injury such as a hip fracture.

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