A recent study published in British Medical Journal found that older adults who participated in structured exercise programs were less likely to experience falls or had at least fewer injuries than those who did not exercise. The investigators analyzed 17 previous studies in hopes to find a relationship between exercise and prevention of falls. Some of the exercises patients participated in included Tai Chi and gait, balance, and strength/resistance training. A 37% decrease of injuries whether it be bruises or broken bones was seen in the patients who exercised. These patients were also 61% less likely to have broken bones following falls, and were 42% less likely to be admitted to the hospital due to a fall/injury. Researchers suggest that exercising may be sharpening the mind and as well as improving balance. What types of exercise programs do you recommend to your older patients?
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