Falls and Seniors Articles

  • 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    A fear of falling can cause seniors to become anxious, withdrawn, and depressed.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.

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  • 12 Medications That May Increase Fall Risk in Older Adults

    Of the 20 medications that are most frequently prescribed to older adults, over half may increase fall injury risk.

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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 on their feet again and avoid any further injury.

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  • 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.

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  • Why Are Falls So Dangerous for Seniors?

    While a trip or tumble may be a minor inconvenience for younger people, falls can cause significant, or even fatal, injuries for elderly individuals.

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  • How to Prevent a Senior from Falling

    Falling is the leading cause of hospital admission and injury for seniors. Learn how falls can be prevented through 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.

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  • 7 Things That Cause the Elderly to Fall

    Falls are dangerous, but they are not an inevitable part of growing older. Understand these seven reasons why seniors are more susceptible to falling.

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  • 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.

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  • 4 Balance-Enhancing Exercises Seniors Can Do at Home

    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 accidents by improving strength and coordination.

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  • Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home

    Your aging parents think they can still take care of themselves, but, if you’re noticing any of these red flags, it is time to consider hiring in-home care.

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  • Does My Elderly Parent Need In-Patient Rehabilitation?

    Inpatient rehabilitation may be necessary when an elderly parent suffers a serious falls, hip injury, stroke or other health condition. Inpatient physical rehabilitation centers are well equipped to conduct various therapies within a residential setting.

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  • The Hazards of Alcohol Use and Abuse Among Seniors

    Alcoholism is often overlooked in the elderly. Failing to recognize when an aging loved one has a drinking problem can lead to severe health issues and can even endanger others’ well-being.

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  • The Effects of Insomnia on Your Aging Parent

    Insomnia, which is the inability to fall asleep, or stay asleep, affects almost half of elderly adults 60 and older. What causes insomnia among seniors, and how can you help an aging loved one get some sleep?

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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