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Preventing Falls Together

          seniors should wear sneakers
Potentially fatal falls are much more likely if elderly people don’t wear shoes or wear
footwear other than athletic shoes, according to new research. The research, published
in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that seniors who wore any type
of shoes other than sneakers increased their risk of falling by more than 30 per cent.


• One in three adults aged 65 and older suffers a serious fall each year.

• 40 per cent of admissions to nursing homes are a result of falls.

• Most falls occur while people are walking on level surfaces (not on stairs).

• People who walked barefoot or in stocking feet were 10 times more likely to fall as
  those who wore sneakers.

• The risk of falling while wearing loafers or lace-up oxfords was 30 – 50 per cent higher
  than while wearing sneakers.

• The low heel, strong-grip bottom and the firm but flexible support offered by sneakers
  make them the best choice of footwear for seniors.

• Consider wearing sneakers even while engaging in everyday activities in and around
  your house.




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Description: In either form of exercise, matching shoes have in common: the ability to support your feet, making it from harm; to increase friction, reduce chance of slipping; shock absorption to protect joints. According to statistics, more than half of U.S. amateur sports are sports injuries are from improper shoes. But the different sports on the sports shoes with different requirements. Walk heel should be selected, better shock absorption at the shoe soles; general, running shoes, walking shoes are lighter than some cushioning to be more certain, so as to effectively protect the bones and joints; and tennis, volleyball and basketball disease need to stop running too fast lateral movement and, therefore, thick soles, friction and good shoes are preferred; if you are golf, cycling, soccer, football and baseball fans, the best shoes for a pair of professional sports.