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Trapped in the Hospital Bed

Healthy older adults at home are on their feet more than six hours a day. But in this small study, hospitalized patients in their 70s spent 83 percent of their time in bed, according to the accelerometers attached to their thighs and ankles to measure movement.

So even when doctors fix whatever problem brought older people to the hospital, prolonged immobility often sends them to rehabilitation (i.e., a nursing home) for weeks or sometimes for good.

Source: Trapped in the Hospital Bed – The New York Times

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