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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The Danger of Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy can compromise an elderly's safety

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

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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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Alcoholism Among Elderly

There is a rising problem of alcoholism 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 …

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