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In-Home Exercise Helps Seniors Prevent Falls

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,

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An in-home exercise program for older adults at risk for falling may help prevent future tumbles. In a study of 344 adults ages 70 and over with a history of injury from falling, half received five in-home visits from a physical therapist who taught them to perform balance and resistance exercises at least three times a week. The physical therapists also asked them to walk for 30 minutes at least twice per week. Over the course of a year, 236 falls occurred among at-home exercisers, compared with 366 falls among those who didn’t receive the training. They also scored slightly better on a brain function test, important to maintaining the ability to stay upright. Some fall prevention programs are covered by Medicare.
Source: JAMA, published online June 4, 2019

 

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