Low Indoor Temperature Linked to Higher Risk of Falling

February 13, 2015 in STSMPT

A recent study shows that turning down the thermostat could increase the risk of falls for female retirees.  The authors find that just 45 minutes of exposure to chilly room temperatures caused stiff muscles and impaired walking, increasing the women’s fall risk.


Participants in the study included 88 community-dwelling, healthy women with an average age of 78. Researchers placed the women in either a 59-degree or 77-degree room and measured their performance on physical tests such as leg strength, gait speed, and hand grip. Those in the colder room scored worse on all performance tests except hand grip strength.


If you’re ready to take a stand against falls, give us a call.  We can help. A physical therapy program can work to provide improved gait and safety to protect the health, independence, and happiness of retirees.


Source: Lindemann U, Oksa J, Skelton D, et al. Effect of cold indoor environment on physical performance of older women living in the community. Age and Ageing, 2014; 43 (4): 571-575.

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