PInsurers may reduce the risk of falling by the fifth by practicing Tai Chi and other exercise programs, research shows.
Research at Oxford University has shown that elderly people enrolled in fitness training to boost strength are far less likely to suffer from potentially lethal injuries.
The study, which examined 108 tests, with 23,407 participants, showed that classes aimed at improving balance and functional exercise reduced the risk of falling by 23 percent.
The average age of the respondents in the study was 76 years, with three-quarters of female sex subjects.
Retired people who lived alone at home, as well as those in retirement homes or in shelters, were involved in the trials.
The review showed that exercise programs conducted in group classes or performed at home prescribed by physiotherapists were effective. Exercises are generally performed as long as it improves the balance and ability to perform everyday activities such as standing on a low chair or climbing stairs.
On average, those who participated in all exercise programs had 23 percent fewer drops than those who did not, while Tai Chi lowered the rate of decline by 19 percent.
Experts say it is less clear whether exercises such as dance and walking, which do not focus on balance, reduce the risk of falling.