Exercise Can Help Seniors Prevent Falls
About 1 in 4 adults ages 65 and older experience a fall, and about a third of those require medical treatment. To combat the problem, a task force that advises doctors reviewed previously published studies to see what actions older adults can take to avoid falling. Exercise came out on top. Most of the studies involved group exercise, but supervised individual exercise and physical therapy also appeared helpful. The American Diabetes Association’s 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise, as well as twice-weekly muscle strengthening, for all adults. For older adults, it also recommends balance training two to three times per week.
Source: JAMA, published online April 24, 2018