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Maintaining safe balance and mobility: when is fitness enough and when is medical help needed? by Lewis M. Nashner

A wealth of new information indicates that declines in mobility and increased risk for falls are not inevitable consequences of aging. So why has there been a frightening increase in the rates of injury and disability related to falls in the aging population?1, 2, 3 Why do epidemiological studies show that one-third or more of those over 65 years-old experience falls, half of whom do so repeatedly? Why are dizziness and unsteadiness among the most common reasons for physician visits among older adults? Why is unsafe mobility a leading cause for loss of an independent lifestyle?

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