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

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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

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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 Monitoring System That Gives Early Warning If Elderly Is At Risk of Falling

Wristband that elderly wore so that their walking pattern can be tracked.

  Technology used at BMW’s assembly line is transferred to a new monitoring system 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 who live …

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Latest Headlines Call for Better Assessment of Older People’s Medication

Polypharmacy can compromise an elderly's safety

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 as younger people. Although opioids are sometimes necessary to treat …

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How does ageing affect muscular size and strength?

Sarcopenia is a progressive loss of muscle mass and strength or function

Having problem walking long distance, up a slope, or climbing stairs? The tired old legs are usually the first to warn that we are young no more…… If you don’t have other health problems, that feeling of low energy and decreasing physical strength is very likely due to sarcopenia. What is sarcopenia? Sarcopenia is a …

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Are You Taking Vitamin D Supplement?

Vitamin D supplement

You should be. Medical experts recommend people at risk of Vitamin D deficiency to take supplement every day. The at-risk groups include older adults, people with little exposure to sunlight, dark-skinned people, and those who are on vegan diet. Why Older Adults Need Vitamin D Supplement? Vitamin D is available in two natural sources: (1) …

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