Exercise for improving balance in older people

Tracey E. Howe, Lynn Rochester, Alison Jackson, Pauline M.H. Banks, Valerie A. Blair

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Diminished ability to maintain balance may be associated with an increased risk of falling. In older adults, falls commonly lead to injury, loss of independence, associated illness and early death. Although some exercise interventions with balance and muscle strengthening components have been shown to reduce falls it is not known which elements, or combination of elements, of exercise interventions are most effective for improving balance in older people. This study objective is to present the best evidence for effectiveness of exercise interventions designed to improve balance in older people living in the community or in institutional care.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007


  • balance
  • exercise
  • ageing


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