Brain activity may predict risk of falls in elderly
Measuring the level of brain activity in healthy older adults while they are walking can predict their risk of falling, suggests a study led by an Indian-origin scientist.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults and all too often lead to physical decline and loss of independence.
"Previous studies have shown that when older people perform cognitively demanding tasks, their brains are required to become more active to handle the challenge," said lead author Joe Verghese, Director at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, US....