Exercise for preventing falls in older people living in the community

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: January 2019

In this Cochrane systematic review, researchers found that exercises that target balance, gait, and muscle strength can prevent falls in community-dwelling adults age 65 years and older. 

Researchers found that exercise programs were effective regardless of whether they were delivered individually or in groups, by health professionals or trained non‐health professionals, to younger or older populations (age 75 years or older), or to those identified at a higher risk of falls or not selected for risk of falls. There is insufficient evidence to determine the effects of exercise programs for people recently discharged from a hospital. Further research is also needed to determine whether there are differences in the effectiveness of different types, modes of delivery, and doses of exercise.

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Sherrington C, Fairhall NJ, Wallbank GK, et al. (2019). Exercise for preventing falls in older people living in the community. Retrieved from https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD012424.pub2/full?highlightAbstract=prevent%7Cfalls%7Cpreventing%7Cfall.