Researchers tripping seniors to prevent falls

Updated: Thursday, August 28, 2014
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of practical joke.

Researchers say the goal is to, ironically, prevent falls, which are the leading cause of injury in older adults and costs $30-billion annually to treat.

Conventional efforts include strengthening exercises.

But University of Illinois in Chicago researchers are using a lab-built walkway that causes people to trip, as if stepping on a banana peel.

Their research suggests that it helps build seniors' subconscious memory, teaching them how not to fall.



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