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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.

A summary of the American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatric Society recommendations — based on a review of fall prevention studies — appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
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.
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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.

http://www.laterlifetraining.co.uk/documents/Guidelinesforexerciseprogrammingforthefrailelderlyfinal.doc

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