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Knowing where to walk could save your life.

A new study, led by Wenjun Li of the University of Massachusetts, tracked the walking habits and rates of falls among men and women aged 70 and older. The research showed that seniors who were out doing errands fell more often than those who were walking recreationally.

Seniors in poorer neighborhoods, who the study revealed were walking out of necessity predominately, had higher rates of falls on sidewalks, streets and curbs. These types of falls, as compared to falls in recreational areas, are two times as likely to result in injury and four times as likely to require medical attention.

The researchers say their data should be used by city planners and taken into consideration when making decisions regarding walking environments in both recreational areas and areas where older people frequently shop and conduct business.

You can find more information about causes and risk factors of falls occurring in seniors here.

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