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Falls among older adults can cause serious injuries, expensive medical bills, and a lengthy recovery period. Equally, the fear of falling can burden the individual and preclude his or her engagement in social and physical activity. Physical activity specifically targeting lower body balance and strength shows promise in reducing the risk of falls.