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These tips will help older adults avoid life-threatening falls

(Star2.com) - The likelihood of falling – with potentially serious consequences – increases in old age. About 30% of people over 65 fall at least once a year, according to Dr Clemens Becker, a specialist in clinical geriatrics.

Since bones tend to weaken with age, there’s a greater risk of fractures after tripping and falling. A hip fracture, for example, can be life-threatening. Below, experts offer tips on fall prevention for older adults.
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Getting plenty of exercise lowers the risk of falls. “Dancing, for example, improves balance,” points out Becker, head physician at the Geriatric Rehabilitation Clinic of Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany.

Callisthenics, hiking and swimming boost mobility and strengthen muscles. However, if you haven’t previously engaged in sport activities, you should first consult your family doctor.

You don’t have to go to a sports centre or gym – you can do exercises right at home. One good fall prevention exercise, says Susanne Schulz, head…

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