Falling is inconvenient for the young, but it can be far more dangerous once you've grow older. However, a fear of injury sustained from falling doesn't have to stop you from enjoying a happy, safe senior lifestyle.

But how do you prevent these injuries?

New study results

A recent study, published by The JAMA Network, has shed light on one way which could help. 

The study's objective was to look at how regular exercise and vitamin D supplementation affect risk of falls in elderly women aged 70-80. Both exercise and the vitamin have been known throughout history for their assistance with strength and injury prevention. Where the former can help build muscles and improve balance, the latter is an essential substance that can improve bone density and reduce risk of fractures.

Though the results suggest that neither exercise nor vitamin D is likely to reduce the frequency of falls in older people, exercise proved to lower the risk of injury sustained from falling quite dramatically.

"Exercise may be the most effective and feasible strategy for preventing injurious falls in community-dwelling older adults replete with vitamin D," wrote the authors. "The rate of injurious falls and injured fallers more than halved with strength and balance training in home-dwelling older women."

Preventative exercise

This is great news for senior people, as exercise is already a part of living an active, healthy lifestyle. 

Regular exercise, such as going for brisk walks or joining in a local sport, is great for your mental health, as well as physical. It can improve mood, and encourage you to go outside with your local retirement community friends.

Of course, now you can also do it to help prevent injury if you happen to fall around the home. If you combine this with other methods to prevent fall frequency, such as installing safety equipment in the bathroom, you will be ensuring maximum safety for your retirement, enabling you to live life to the fullest.

FAQ: How do I help prevent falling injuries?