The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently made an official recommendation for adults 65 years or older to exercise in order to help prevent falls. Some forms of exercise recommended for such individuals include supervised individual and group classes, as well as physical therapy.
USPSTF also recommends that clinical professionals selectively assess older adults’ risk for falls, and then follow-up by creating individualized interventions that will help to address those risks. The latest recommendation is part of a routine whereby the Task Force makes recommendations in regards to preventive care services. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related illness and death among older adults living in the United States.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent volunteer panel of national experts in disease prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services.
This was reported by The JAMA Network on April 17, 2018.