SAFEHIP newsletter, Oct 2018

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New technology provides falls prevention tool

The most common cause of injury in older adults is fall, which can create ongoing health problems. However, it’s usually after the fall that treatment and awareness follow. In a study, researchers at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, found that wearable devices with motion sensors can predict older participants’ risk of falling.

In the study, which was part of the NIH’s Women’s Health Initiative, and whose findings were published in npj Digital Medicine, researchers found that measuring unsteadiness in standing and walking can predict the most common injury among adults 65 and older.

Read full study: Wearable Accelerometers Can Predict Seniors’ Risk of Falling, Says Study


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