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Researchers note older people cannot cross the street as fast as they should

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jun 14, 2012 8:10:00 AM

When people age, many have a harder time moving around as freely as they once did. This is evident in a new study published in the journal Age and Ageing, which found the majority of older pedestrians are not able to cross the road in time.

The researchers examined residents in the UK who were over the age of 65 and found 76 percent of men and 85 percent of women were below the required 1.2 meters per second it should take to cross the street. Additionally, 93 percent of the women and 84 percent of the men who were studied had a walking impairment.

"Older pedestrians are more likely to be involved in a road traffic collision than younger people due to slower walking speed, slower decision making and perceptual difficulties," said study lead author Dr. Laura Asher. "Older people who are hit are also more likely to die from their injuries than younger people. Having insufficient time at a road crossing may not increase the risk of pedestrian fatalities but it will certainly deter this group from even trying to cross the road."

Those who have difficulty with mobility may want to consider looking into a home health care worker who can help them complete daily activities.

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