Falls and Seniors

  • Fear of Falling May Cause Depression in Older Adults

    A fear of falling can cause seniors to become anxious, withdrawn, and depressed. With some fall prevention efforts, a caregiver and senior can work together to more comfortably continue outside activities.

  • 12 Medications That Increase Fall Risk in Older Adults

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

  • 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 on their feet again and avoid any further injury.

  • The Number One Thing That Causes Senior Falls

    Trips and slips are the usual suspects when identifying fall risks, but research demonstrates that most elderly falls occur simply due to unsteadiness or loss of balance.

  • Why Are Falls So Dangerous for the Elderly?

    Fall-related injuries can have serious consequences for seniors. Taking precautions can extend a senior’s independence and greatly reduce their risk of injury and death.

  • Preventing Falls in the Elderly

    Falling is the leading cause of hospital admission and injury for seniors. Learn how to prevent falls by making simple home modifications, regular medical check-ups and lifestyle changes.

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  • What to Look for (and Avoid) in an Emergency Alert System

    Personal emergency response systems can be a life-saving addition to a senior’s care plan. Knowing that help is only a push of a button away can give the entire family invaluable peace of mind.

  • 7 Things That Cause the Elderly to Fall

    Not only are seniors more prone to falling, but they are also more susceptible to fall-related injuries. Understand the 7 most common causes of falls among the elderly.

  • Family FAQ: Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities

    When a senior must go to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation following a surgery or hospital stay, it’s important for family members to understand the care transition, the new care plan and the rehab facility’s discharge criteria.

  • Removing Cataracts Reduces Fall Risk in the Elderly

    Cataracts contribute to a decrease in a senior's ability to perform activities of daily living such as dressing, meal preparation, and safe ambulation. Falls in those with poor vision are radically reduced after cataract surgery.

  • 4 Balance Exercises for Seniors That Help Prevent Falls

    As we age, we often develop new health conditions, begin taking more medications and lose muscle mass. These factors can all increase a senior’s risk of falling, but a few simple exercises can help prevent injuries by improving strength and coordination.

  • Does My Parent Need a Senior Rehabilitation Center?

    When a senior needs extra help recovering from a surgery or hospital stay, choosing the right rehabilitative care ensures your loved one has the best chances of regaining their health and independence.

  • The Hazards of Alcoholism in the Elderly

    Age-related changes in the body, chronic health conditions, prescription medications and other factors can magnify the effects of alcohol consumption and jeopardize a senior’s health.

  • 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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  • Protect Yourself from Injury While Caregiving

    Injuries performed while caregiving significantly impact both the caregiver's quality of life and their ability to look after their loved one.

  • Fatal Falls On the Rise Among Seniors

    Fatal falls amongst adults 65 and older have risen significantly since 1999. These tips can help elders stay independent, and most importantly, safe.

  • Seniors, Mobility, & Falls: Remember Humpty-Dumpty?

    Statistics show that one out of three people over age 65 take a fall each year. Whether you are a caregiver or an aging adult living alone, take a good look around your home and eliminate trouble spots.

  • Popular Prescription Triggers Tumbles in the Hospital

    A commonly-precribed sleep aid may be behind more falls in hospitalized individuals than aging, delirium, insomnia or cognitive impairment, according to a new report.

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  • Preventing Senior Falls: What Works and What Doesn’t

    Family caregivers are always looking for ways to make a senior less likely to fall. An extensive analysis of over one-hundred different studies determines the most effective ways to keep elders steady on their feet.

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  • Daily Activities Can Improve Balance, Stop Falls in Seniors

    A new report describes how older adults can incorporate helpful balance-enhancing exercises into their day-to-day lives.

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