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Older adults walking out of necessity have increased risk of falls

from Physical Therapy Products

A new study shows that when walking for utilitarian purposes, such as shopping and appointments, older adults are at an increased risk of falling than when walking for recreation. Dr. Wenjun Li, lead author of the study, says, "Older adults have two times the risk of falling while walking out of necessity than walking for recreation, and four times greater risk of injury from a fall on a sidewalk than in a recreational area." more

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