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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Plantar Fasciitis and Helpful Remedies

Plantar fascia is the ligament joining the heel to the toes

A friend phoned and said doctor told her she has plantar fasciitis in her right foot. “The pain is killing me,” she said. “Could be the walking.” She has recently taken up walking exercise and strength training, and has been very enthusiastic about it. So, what is plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is a foot problem …

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Foot Problems Increase the Risks of Falling

Foot problem can increase the risk of falling

Common symptoms of foot problems are pain, swelling, redness, tingling and numbness of one or both feet. Many of us probably have experienced some or all of above. It takes a lot of grit to walk with blisters, right? Whether causing pain or numbness, foot problems can affect our balance and change the way we …

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Keep Active and Strong

We lose some muscle mass naturally as we grow older, that explains the declining muscle power and strength in the elderly. This problem gets worse 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 that regular physical exercise …

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Are You Ready for Tai Chi?

Tai Chi or Taiji, is a form of Chinese martial arts. It is a popular exercise usually practiced for health, although it can be used in combat too. It helps to improve muscular strength, balance and coordination. Tai Chi is characterized by slow flowing movements, relaxed but mindful, almost like meditation in motion. In China, …

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Alcohol Misuse Among Elderly

There is a rising problem of alcohol misuse among the elderly. Recent studies show that the over 65s in Britain and elsewhere drink more heavily than previous generations of seniors. Alcoholism is associated with many medical, social and economic problems. Older people who drink heavily also subject themselves to fall injuries, dementia, liver disease, heart disease and …

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