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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Unsafe Footwear Impairs Balance and Increases the Risk of Fall

Safe shoes fit securely and has non-slippery soles

Elderly who fell and injured themselves often were found wearing inappropriate shoes. In “The Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons”, both American Geriatric Society and British Geriatric Society have pointed out inappropriate footwear as a major cause of concern. Whether indoor or outdoor, unsafe footwear can cause loss of balance and bad …

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