New Guidelines Aim To Prevent Falls With Balance Exercises, Fewer Meds

Nearly one-third of the 36 million Americans age 65 or older fall each year. And according to a new set of guidelines published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, strength and balance exercises, along with the elimination of unnecessary medication, are the top two recommendation for preventing falls. Dr. Mary Tinetti, of the Yale Program on Aging, said falls among older people are as serious a health problem as heart attacks and strokes and are the result of the cumulative effects of multiple problems. The new guidelines suggest walking everyday, exercises involving strength and balance, and eliminating, where possible, medications that affect the brain such as sleeping pills and antidepressants. Medications for bladder control, fluid retention, and cardiovascular conditions are also among those that can contribute to falls. More here.

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