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One-legged Balance Test Offers Glimpse at Brain Health

The ability to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer is an important test for brain health, according to a new study. One’s inability to do the task is linked to an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive, or decision-making, thinking and memory, function in […]

Elderly Women Need More Protein Than Generally Recommended, New Study Suggests

The dietary protein requirement for elderly women might be too low for optimal health, according to a new study. Older women could benefit if today’s dietary protein recommendation added 29 percent more protein.

The recommended dietary allowance for all women 19 years and older is 0.36 grams for each pound of body weight. […]

U.S. Task Force Calls for More Research in Five Areas of Preventive Care for Seniors

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is calling for more research in five important areas of preventive care for older adults. Three of the areas involve screenings, including screening for impaired thinking, reasoning and memory (which is called cognitive impairment); mental and physical well-being; and vision and hearing problems. The other two areas: falls prevention […]

Physical Therapists Help People Prevent Falls

Falls Prevention Awareness Day, on September 22, 2013, reminds us about the bad and good news regarding falls: They can be devastating, but they are preventable.

Your physical therapist is trained to help you or anyone in your family prevent falls.

First, a little background about the danger of falling. According to the CDC, […]