Study could help prevent falls among elderly

A UBC Okanagan researcher is looking at ways to help keep elderly residents safe and independent in their later years. One of the key aspects of her research is fall prevention.

“Factors such as muscle strength, steadiness, balance and physical activity contribute to functional independence, and I believe it is important to examine how these factors change in males and females as they age,” said associate professor Jennifer Jakobi. “The aim of my research is to help men and women live confidently and independently in their own homes.”

Accidental falls account for more than half of the injuries among Canadians aged 65 years and over, and falls are responsible for 40 per cent of admissions to nursing homes, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Kelowna Daily Courier reports.

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