Fall Prevention

  • Senior-Friendly Home Additions for Aging in Place

    There are a number of additions that can be made to a home to make it more senior-friendly. To remain in your home as you age, consider these tips for creating a safe environment that will help you age in place safely and comfortably.

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  • 4 Balance Exercises for Seniors That Help Prevent Falls

    Try these simple exercises for seniors to help prevent falls through improved balance, strength, and coordination.

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  • Grab Bar Safety Tips

    Five tips for grab bar placement to improve the safety of your elderly parent's home.

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  • Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

    Find out how simple home modifications, regular medical check-ups and minor lifestyle changes can make all the difference when it comes to elderly fall prevention.

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  • 7 Causes of Falls in the Elderly

    Not only are seniors more prone to falling, but they are also more likely to incur serious fall-related injuries. Learn about the seven most common causes of falls in the elderly.

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  • Expert Advice: How to Choose a Mobility Aid for a Senior

    The wrong mobility aid can negatively affect a senior’s stability, cause posture problems and even result in pain. These devices come in all shapes and sizes, so selecting the right one and achieving a proper fit requires a professional’s expertise.

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  • Fear of Falling May Cause Depression in Seniors

    Most people are aware of the seriousness of fall-related injuries for older adults, but falling can also negatively impact an aging loved one’s mental health and overall quality of life.

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  • Medications That Increase Fall Risk in Older Adults

    Fall prevention efforts tend to focus on minimizing environmental hazards and improving mobility, but another important contributing factor is often overlooked: prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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  • How to Safely Pick a Loved One (or Yourself) Up After a Fall

    Falls are a common occurrence for seniors, so it’s important to know what to do after one occurs. Use these tips to get your elderly loved one back on their feet without hurting them (or yourself) in the process.

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  • Helpful Home Modifications: Finishing Our Basement for Dad

    A caregiver shares the adjustments and renovations she made to prepare her home for her elderly father-in-law to move in.

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  • Why Are Falls So Dangerous for the Elderly?

    One in four Americans aged 65 and older falls each year. Sadly, even one tumble can have serious physical, psychological and functional consequences for older adults.

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  • Aquatic Exercise for the Elderly

    Water-based workouts are an excellent form of exercise that is easy on older adults’ backs and joints, but there’s more to water walking and swimming laps than just physical benefits.

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  • Do All Seniors Need Rehabilitation After a Hip Injury?

    A broken hip, hip injury or hip replacement in the elderly can be very painful and problematic. Both occupational therapy and physical therapy services will likely be necessary to reduce pain, maximize mobility and improve quality of life.

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  • A Caregiver’s Struggle: Balancing an Elder's Sense of Purpose with Their Safety

    Seniors need to feel useful to enjoy a high quality of life. Sticking to everyday routines and engaging in enjoyable activities helps them maintain a sense of purpose. But if you believe an elder’s actions are risky or dangerous, when should you step in?

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  • A Caregiver's Guide to Osteoporosis, Fractures and Senior Bone Health

    When person's bones are thin and brittle, even a minor slip or fall can cause serious injury. For anyone over age 50, there is a very good chance that fall-related injuries are linked to osteoporosis.

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  • What Is the Best Height for Bathroom Grab Bars?

    Grab bars can provide seniors with added stability and increased safety while toileting and bathing. Ideally, these supports should be placed at a height that feels most comfortable and secure for the person using them.

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  • Exercising to Avoid Falls in the Elderly: A Caregiver's Story

    Physical fitness is vitally important for both caregivers and their loved ones. Here's how Charlie and I manage to stay in shape.

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  • Adaptive Footwear: Finding Shoes for a Senior's Hard-to-Fit Feet

    Podiatric issues like arthritis, structural foot deformities and complications from diabetes can make it hard for seniors to find shoes that fit properly. Family caregivers offer tips for finding and affording orthopedic shoes and custom orthotics.

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  • Patient Lifts for Home Use Help Caregivers Transfer Seniors Safely

    Family caregivers often struggle to reposition and transfer elders with very limited mobility, thereby endangering their own health and that of their loved ones. Patient lift assist devices help prevent falls and injuries and may be covered by Medicare.

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  • What My Cruise Taught Me About Making Health a Priority

    I so looked forward to this adventure, cruising around South America from Valparaiso, Chile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. It didn't go as I'd hoped. I know now I should NOT have gone so far away, for so long, by myself. Here's are some of WHAT WENT WRONG.

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