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

  Most countries have reintroduced movement restrictions and social distancing rules with the rapid rise of Covid-19 infected cases and hospital admissions. 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 measures …

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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, 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 Garden  …

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Reduce fall risks in the elderly

Can we help our elderly parents, grandparents, friends, or neighbours prevent falls? Yes, we can. It is not easy, but it 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 balance. Poor …

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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, trip-related falls are often linked to inappropriate footwear. Inappropriate footwear refers to footwear with unsafe features and footwear of …

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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 falls. Public Health England has launched a report advising people to exercise regularly to strengthen their muscles and bones. Intense bone and muscle strength helps to maintain good balance. Aerobic exercise ensures well-oxygenated blood reaches the brain and other vital organs. Healthy ageing …

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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.

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

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Strength Exercise to Keep Active and Strong

Why are we promoting strength exercise? We lose some muscle mass naturally as we age, which explains the declining muscle power and strength in the elderly. This problem worsens if we lead a sedentary lifestyle or become bedridden due to illness. But being old does not equate with weakness and frailty. Numerous studies have shown …

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