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When Night Falls: Eight Ways Older Adults Can Avoid Nighttime Falls

Posted by Helen Beamer on February 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM

When night closes in, keep your guard up. However, don’t waste time looking for monsters who lurk under the bed. Or, wait for restless ghosts to prowl the halls. Rather, be aware of the potential hazards that might cause nighttime falls. Nighttime falls.jpg

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

Santa’s Fall Prevention Measures

Posted by Helen Beamer on December 19, 2017 at 10:13 AM

By The Elf Consortium – including Michael, Bernard, Jingle and others who wish to remain nameless

Santa is old. Being old is a risk factor for falls. However, Santa takes steps that help protect him from falls on steep, icy roofs. Falls are a constant occupational hazard for Santa, but he takes extra care. Here are some tips you can learn from Santa to reduce winter falls.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

Preparing Your Aging Parents’ Home for Cooler Weather

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on November 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Depending on where you and your older parents live, the first touches of fall are likely happening: heavy rainfall, brisk temperatures, brilliantly hued leaves or snow dustings. Whether your parents are traveling to warmer areas or staying to enjoy the season, it’s important to ready their home against the elements.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

Fear of Falling – How to Help Older Adults Ease Their Anxieties

Posted by Anne Hein on October 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Arachnophobia. Coulrophobia. Claustrophobia. The fear of spiders, clowns and small spaces are some of the more common and well-known phobias. However, for older adults, there’s one fear many don’t talk about – the fear of falling. 

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

Dementia, Home Safety and Medications

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on October 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Elders too often are harmed at home due to inadvertently taking too much medication. This risk is greater with dementia because the person may not recall if or when they had their last dose. So, they take it again… and sometimes, even again. Or take the wrong medication or get confused about the instructions. Was it one pill every four hours or four pills every one hour?

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Safety, Healthy Living

10 Ways You Can Help Older Adults Prevent Falls

Posted by Anne Hein on September 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The statistics are startling – every year, a quarter of Americans age 65 and older fall. Falls are the leading cause of injuries for seniors and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. While it may seem inevitable every senior will fall – the truth is, falls are not a normal part of aging and most falls can be prevented. 

In honor of the 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day, here are 10 steps to share with older adults to help prevent falls.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety, Healthy Living

Arthritis: 100 Conditions and 5 Ways to Cope

Posted by Helen Beamer on September 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

My husband calls it Arthur’s disease – his version of “Arthur-i-tis.” That’s his attempt to make light of the pain and limitations of the chronic condition that affects nearly every move he makes – sitting, standing, putting on socks and shoes, using a computer or playing the piano.

In the United States, over 54 million people have arthritis – that’s approximately one in four adults. In people ages 65 or older, that number grows to nearly one in two (49.7 percent).

Arthritis includes more than 100 different diseases and conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis causes aches and pains as well as swelling and stiffness around the joints. Specific symptoms vary by the individual and type of arthritis.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety, Healthy Living

Improving Balance and Strength Helps Prevent Falls

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on August 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Have you or a loved one ever fallen, stumbled or tumbled? Not only are falls painful, but they can have serious ramifications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.8 million seniors are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year. Additionally, more than 800,000 people are hospitalized per year due to a fall-related injury, such as a head injury or hip fracture.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

What to Do if You Are a First-Time Family Caregiver

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on August 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

While some family caregivers gradually grow into their roles or are born into it, others can pinpoint the event that started their journey: Their father was hospitalized after a fall and needed more help at home, or their wife was diagnosed with an unexpected chronic illness.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Finances, Technology, Safety

Falls in Older Adults: A Growing Risk for Brain Injury

Posted by Helen Beamer on August 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Brains and falls don’t mix well. That’s why kids riding bicycles, teens doing skateboard tricks, adults cruising on motorcycles and athletes playing football wear helmets. That protective gear helps shield brains from being jostled, jiggled or battered in the event of a crash or fall.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur anywhere and to anyone. Falls are the most common reason for brain injury in people of all ages and motor vehicle accidents rank at No. 2.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

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