Elderly need not dance with the stars to avoid falls

  While falls are an inevitable part of life, a study conducted by researchers in Switzerland found that participation in a music-based exercise program can reduce the risk of falling for older people.

The researchers created a trial using 134 volunteers over the age of 65. Participants were divided into two groups - those who started the music program right away, and those who started it six months later.

The music program, also known as Jaques-Dalcroze eurhythmics, was developed in Switzerland in the early 20th century. With this therapy, body movements are practiced and developed to the rhythm of improvised piano music.