• Older adults at home

    Exercise may reduce the risk of serious falls in men, but not women, study says.

    In the latest study on the effectiveness of exercise and the prevention of falls in older adults, it seems men do well. The study compared long-term physical exercise with health education. According to researchers from the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study, serious falls can be prevented by as much as 38% using a program of physical exercise. But this was most evident for men. “The physical activity program was more effective in reducing the rate of serious fall injuries in men than in women,” said Dr. Thomas M. Gill, professor of geriatrics. The study to date is the largest of its type across eight centers including 1,635…