Falls as Serious for Elderly as Stroke, Heart Attack
Fall screening and prevention should be a regular part of health care for older adults, and all programs to prevent falls should include exercise, according to updated guidelines for preventing falls in the elderly.
“Falls are one of the most common health problems experienced by older adults and are a common cause of losing functional independence. Given their frequency and consequences, falls are as serious a health problem for older persons as heart attacks and strokes,” guideline panel co-chair Dr. Mary Tinetti, of Yale University School of Medicine, said in a journal news release.
Guidelines for exercise programming for the frail elderly
The results of the European Commission Framework V, Better Ageing Project
A document prepared by the Better Ageing Research Collaborative for dissemination to policy makers, health professionals, and organisations concerned with the health of older people.