Seventy-year-old women are at a greater risk of falling compared to men, according to new research published in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

The higher risk is associated with increased gait variability especially when performing two tasks. The gait patterns were measured using a computerized walkway system during normal, fast and dual-task trials with 1,390 men and women examined in a health survey.

The researchers were promoted by data showing that approximately 1.6 million individuals older than 50 each year sustain hip fractures around the globe with these fractures twice as common in women than in men – a statistic that is often attributed to women’s lower bone mass. The researchers sought to study other factors for the higher risk of falls among women.

The results of the study also indicate that risk of falling is lower in older adults who are physically active.

 

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