Elderly step up to avert falls

Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) / UTS Brink
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Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) / UTS Brink

One in three Australians aged over 65 will have a fall this year. For an elderly person, as bones become brittle and balance less sure, a fall can cause such deterioration in their health that they may not recover.

While turning back the clock is not an option, researchers have turned to young people’s gaming technology to help older people stay on their feet and remain fit and well.

A new game, Step Kinnection, is winning converts in Sydney retirement villages as residents employ a competitive spirit to improve their balance, gauge their progress and have a lot of fun "travelling the world".

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