Dog Walking Can Pose Dangers for Seniors
Taking dogs for a walk is great exercise, but older adults need to take care to avoid injuring themselves. A study of a national database showed that the number of adults ages 65 and older who arrived at emergency departments with broken bones associated with walking leashed dogs more than doubled from 2004 to 2017. Over three-quarters of those injured were women, and the most common injury was hip fracture. More than a quarter were hospitalized. The researchers advise that older adults who want to own a dog choose a small breed and make sure that their pooch is trained not to make sudden movements.
Source: JAMA Surgery, published online March 6, 2019