Older men are missing out on routine osteoporosis tests

Are you surprised that men do not have bone density tests routinely? While all major health organizations recommend osteoporosis screening for women over 65, there are no consistent guidelines for screening older men. A new study presented at ACR Convergence (The American College Rheumatology’s annual meeting) highlighted this problem. Even after significant fractures, treatment rates …

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Hidden Health Risks of Isolation for Older Adults

old man doing fitness exercise to prevent health risk of isolation due to covid-19 pandemic

With the rapid rise of Covid-19 infected cases and hospital admissions, most countries have reintroduced movement restriction and social distancing rules. Once again, older adults, especially the 70+,  are advised to shelter at home to reduce  exposure to the life- threatening disease. And visits to long term care homes will be restricted. While these protective …

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Hip Protectors for the Elderly

Hip protectors are specially designed garments fitted with plastic shields or foam pads over both sides of the hip to protect the wearer from hip fracture during a fall. The role of hip protector is much the same as that of seatbelt, lifejacket, helmet etc. They don’t prevent accidents, but may reduce the risk of  …

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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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Safe footwear to prevent falls

How do you find safe footwear in shoe shop displaying various types of shoes?

  Are older people aware that inappropriate footwear may cause fall? Do you know the features of safe footwear? 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 …

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Exercise to Strengthen Muscles to Prevent Fall

exercise to strengthen muscles is the best way to prevent fall.

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 exercise ensures good oxygenated blood reaching the brain and other vital organs. …

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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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