Elderly urged to wear socks and shoes

Published: 24th June 2010

Elderly urged to wear socks and shoes
Shoes need to be worn by the elderly to prevent potentially serious falls, new research suggests.

Over half (52 per cent) of old people who reported a fall were either barefoot, wearing socks without shoes or wearing slippers when they fell, according to a survey from the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Dr Marian Hannan, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said: "On the basis of this and other studies we suggest that advice about wearing shoes whenever possible be included in fall prevention programs.

"More research is needed on the design of acceptable and comfortable footwear that provides optimal safety for older people."

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