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Data over a 12-year span from 1998 to 2010 show a significant increase in the number of falls among adults aged 65 and older. But findings indicate a boost in falls across the entire age spectrum rather than among only the oldest old as researchers anticipated.

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Study Suggests Increase in Falls Among the Elderly

During a 12-year period, the prevalence of falls among older adults appeared to be on the rise, according to a new nationally representative study.

Falling is the most frequent cause of injury among older adults and each year about one-third of older adults fall. Researchers analyzed data from 1998 to 2010 among adults aged 65 and older and found an 8% increase in falls, which translates to a relative increase of nearly 30%. The findings appeared earlier this year in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“We expected an increase because older adults are getting older, and there are more 80- and 90-year-old adults than before, but we were very surprised to find that the increase in falls was not due to the changing demography,” says lead author Christine Cigolle, MD, MPH, an assistant professor in the departments of family medicine and internal medicine at the University of Michigan (U-M) and a research scientist at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center.

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If we had a dime for every time we’ve told an older adult the importance of exercise and fitness to maintain function ... In our evidence-based world, there are more data than ever to support the benefits of exercise.

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
Regular physical activity provides the following benefits:
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Older adults should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times per week. Ten-minute bursts of increased intensity, which can include any effort that involves sustained activity, are helpful.

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