New research suggests that step training focused on improving balance may help reduce dangerous falls among the elderly. In reviewing their findings, researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney have discovered that exercises geared toward helping improve stepping skills dramatically cut the rate of falls by as much by 50%. As head researcher, Stephen Lord explains, “Strength and balance are both important for physical functioning. In terms of fall prevention, the best evidence is for balance and step training.”
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