Routine Errands a Risky Time for Falls by Seniors

Routine Errands a Risky Time for Falls by Seniors

For older Americans, a fall can sometimes bring serious health consequences. And a new study finds that seniors are more likely to fall while carrying out routine daily errands than when they are walking for exercise.

As the researchers noted, seniors are in a bind when it comes to walking: Frequent walking actually boosts muscle strength and balance, but studies also show that up to 63 percent of falls among older people occur while walking.

So, is it safe for seniors to take that daily recreational stroll?

To find out, a team led by Wenjun Li, of the University of Massachusetts, tracked the walking habits and rates of outdoor falls among 765 Boston-area men and women aged 70 and older.

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