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Elderly men could cut the risk of broken bones and hospitalisation study suggests

A recent study published by the BMJ journal has released information that could cut the amount of hospital visits by elderly men. 

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Elderly men could cut the risk of broken bones and hospitalisation study suggests

A recent study published by the BMJ journal has released information that could cut the amount of hospital visits by elderly men. 

Scientists constructed tests to see whether older people could benefit from following structured exercise programmes to prevent falls, and consequently, hospitalisation due to broken bones.

The data came from 1,635 sedentary adults between the ages of 70 and 89 years old from the UK Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) study, who have mobility problems and the inability to walk more than 400m.

Whilst half of the participants were asked to follow a structured programme comprising of moderate exercises, both at a centre twice a week and at home three to four times a week, the other half attended workshops for the elderly.

The team of scientists found that men who did exercises were less likely to have serious falls after participants were monitored for three and a half years and asked how many incidents had occurred every six months.

Although the specific exercises did not significantly cut the number of falls, researchers believed that men were less likely to experience serious or severe injuries as a result of daily exercise.

Falls are the most common cause of injury related deaths in the UK for people aged 75 and over, according to the NHS, with one in three adults over 65 who live at home predicted to have a fall at least once a year. Healthcare professionals take falls in the elderly very seriously as the underlying health consequences of the injuries are huge.

To help prevent falls, Age UK have some great advice on how to make tasks easier around the home. For those who are looking to install specialist equipment to prevent falls around the home, it is worth investing some time in looking at stairlift guides, which provide a range of suggestions to help individuals gain access to both lower and upper floors, as well as outdoor areas.

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