Falls are one of the major causes that cause serious diseases and death in the older adults. In the year 2014, about 1 out of every three adults between the age group of 65 and more reported falling, and about 33,000 were linked to death by falls.
According to the latest advice from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, if you want to stay away from the risks and dangers of falling, regular exercising can help you in the best possible way.
The group of influential people came to this conclusion only after looking at the evidence from about more than about 20 studies that included adults of the age 65 and above that. Half of these studies employed old aged people who were at a deliberate risk of falling because of their increased age. When the experts combined the data from various studies and researchers, they concluded that exercise has successfully reduced the chances of falls and serious injury that come with falls.
The exercise regimens that are focused on the strength and resistance training, balancing, and maintaining gait are highly impactful in reducing the risks of falling in old age people. Krist, professor of family medicine and population health at the Virginia commonwealth university in Richmond said, “They included individual and group exercises, as well as referrals to a physical therapist or participation in a class like tai chi.”
Almost all the studies asked their participants to exercise on a regular basis or at least three times a week for about a year. Krist said, “Overall, there was a 10-20% of the reduction in the rate of falls for people who went through the exercise programs.”
The exercise recommendation from USPSTF was released on Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.