An Intervention Study for Preventing Falls

Falls have a major impact on the overall health of seniors, and physical activity can help lower the risk of falls. In a case-control study of individuals older than 65 years of age, subjects who practiced vigorous physical activity and had no limitations to their activities of daily living (ADL) had an adjusted odds ratio of 0.6 for fall compared with that for sedentary adults. However, active adults with a limitation in ADL actually experienced an increased risk of fall compared with inactive seniors (adjusted odds ratio = 3.2). Meanwhile, mild physical activity alone had little impact on the risk of falls.

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Tai Chi For Elders: Improving Balance And Reducing The Risk Of Falls

Thirty-percent of ambulatory seniors over the age of 65 living in a community fall every year. Another 50% of the same age group living in long-term care facilities suffer from at least one fall annually. One in 10 of these falls in turn results in a fracture.1 Falls represent the leading cause of death for people over 65 and the number of fall-related deaths continues to increase with every passing year.

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