Elderly Should

Elderly Should

A significant cause of disability in older Americans is, simply, falling. If you’re a senior citizen and you worry about falling, maybe you should go light on the drinks. It turns out that only two drinks—within the legal driving limit—can make it more difficult for older folks to walk. The research was published in the journal BMC Research Notes. [Judith Hegeman et al., Even low alcohol concentrations affect obstacle avoidance reactions in healthy senior individuals.

Researchers in the Netherlands tested whether drinking a moderate amount affects a senior’s ability to bypass obstacles while walking. Because an inability to avoid obstacles is associated with a higher risk of falling.

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