Design choices may reduce fall risk for elderly

July 30, 2014

Improving the design of walking environments in areas where the elderly conduct their daily tasks may reduce their risk of falling, according to an article on the Environments for Aging website. A new study, “Utilitarian Walking, Neighborhood Environment, and Risk of Outdoor Falls,” published in the latest issue of the American Journal of Public Health, reports that older adults have two times the risk of falling while walking out of necessity than walking for recreation.

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