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    A fear of falling can cause seniors to become anxious, withdrawn, and depressed.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

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Family FAQ: Skilled Nursing Facilities and Senior Rehabilitation Centers

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

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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 Exercises for Seniors That Help Prevent Falls

    Try these simple exercises for seniors to improve balance, strength, and coordination, and prevent falls.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • What to Do When a Senior Faints

    Seniors are twice as likely to experience fainting episodes compared to younger adults. Here are 7 steps that you can take to help ensure the safety of a senior who has fainted.

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  • Automatic Fall Detection: A New Way to Call for Help

    New technology allows your parent to wear a device that no longer has to be pressed should they require help in an emergency. If they fall, the device sends a signal—your parent does not have to press a panic button.

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  • Maybe It's Not Dementia After All

    After my father fell, his dementia seemed to progress rapidly. I learned firsthand that delirium can be a puzzling side effect of hospitalization in people of all ages.

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  • What Can You Do When a Loved One Won’t Exercise?

    Charlie has had several falls in the past few months. One way to prevent falls is to do strength training exercises, but Charlie won't go to the classes any more. Do I fight with him daily?

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  • Next-Generation Undergarments Defend Against Falls, Infections

    Thanks to advances in wearable technology, a new generation of undergarments that defend against falls and infections may soon be available to seniors and their caregivers.

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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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