Reducing Fall Injuries with Fall Mats

Fall could happen even after we have used various measures to prevent it. It is particularly difficult to avoid among the oldest older adults, and those who are physically frail or have a number of underlying health problems. Falls are common events among nursing home residents with dementia or confusion (may be affected by medication), …

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Fall hazards for seniors at home

Fall hazards - slippery floor

Fall is the leading cause of accidental injuries among the 65+. Statistically, six out of ten falls happen at home and some of which are fatal. Hence, elderly fall prevention must start with discussing fall hazards at home. Places around the house where you are most likely to fall are: Stairs Living room Bedrooms Bathroom …

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Reduce fall risks in the elderly

Can we help our elderly parents or grandparents, or friends or neighbors, to prevent fall? Yes, we can. It is not easy but can be done with planned actions. Fall can be caused by many reasons or a combination of reasons. But the most common fall risks factors in older adults are: Unstable gait and …

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Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Fall is the leading cause of injury deaths and hospital trauma admissions in older adults. Fall is also preventable if we are aware of the risk factors and take actions to minimize them. The first week of Fall each year is Fall Prevention Awareness Week. This event has taken place since 2008 to raise awareness …

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Safe footwear to prevent falls

A shoe shop displaying various types of shoes

Are older people aware that inappropriate footwear may cause fall? Falls in older adults are common and may result in serious injuries. Although there are many causes of fall, trip-related falls are often linked to inappropriate footwear. Inappropriate footwear refers to footwear with unsafe features as well as footwear of incorrect size. Previous studies indicated …

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The Best Way to Prevent Fall is Exercise

A woman is jogging outdoor.

Having strong bones and muscles is probably the best way to prevent fall. Public Health England has launched a report advising people to do regular exercises to strengthen their muscles and bones. Strong bone and muscle strength helps to maintain good balance. Aerobic physical exercise ensures good oxygenated blood reaching the brain and other vital …

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New Fall Alarm for Seniors

A fall alarm for seniors is a fall alarm wristband that elderly wear so that their walking pattern can be tracked.

  Technology used at BMW’s assembly line is transferred to a new fall alarm for seniors that can accurately indicate if an elderly is at increased risk of falling. Declining cognitive function increases the risk of fall. The possible causes are medication, lack of sleep or dementia. This is a disturbing safety problem for elderly …

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The Danger of Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy can compromise an elderly's safety

Latest Headlines Call for Better Assessment of Older People’s Medication Older people are often prescribed multiple kinds of medicines (polypharmacy). Polypharmacy 3 may cause adverse side effects such as drug interactions and other complications. The problem affects all ages, but older people are more vulnerable because they have slower metabolism and can’t excrete chemicals as efficiently …

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