A recent study from JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) found that an estimated 28.7% of adults aged 65 years or older fell in 2014. Falls result in increased morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. Risk factors for falls include age, medication use, poor balance, and chronic conditions (ie, depression, diabetes).
A separate study bolsters evidence that programs focusing on fall prevention; increased muscular strength and balance.
So your marching orders are this:
- Incorporate strength and balance training into your weekly regimen.
- Stay active and stay mobile.
- Think young thoughts. Your body may be aging but you don’t have to get old.
Now go run!