Could Medication Be Causing Falls?

Rise Above the Fear of Falling

One of the most common ER trips for the elderly is falls. While some result in minor injuries, others can result in major injuries such as broken hips, arms, or worse. If you’ve already gone through your parent’s house and addressed fall risks such as loose rugs, cluttered walkways and poor lighting and they are still falling, their falls may be a result of a health issue. Could Medication Be Causing Falls? Physical Limitations: Balance problems or dizziness can result from a number of ailments, including neurological changes, arthritis, a drop in blood pressure or inner-ear problems. Any of these health

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How to Fall-Proof your Home

Did you know, according to the National Institute of Aging, that 6 out of 10 falls happen at home, where we spend most of our time and neglect to consider safety?   Most of these falls could be prevented by making some simple changes to your home.  At Senior.com, we are experts in fall prevention and consider it our mission to help you live as independently as possible, for as long as possible. We suggest you invite a friend or family member to make this safety assessment with you.  Often it takes a 2nd pair of eyes to see hazards you

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Protecting Seniors from Winter Slips and Falls

Understand Your Caregiving Options

It’s no secret that slips and falls are especially dangerous for seniors. According to the CDC, nearly three million American seniors suffer falls every year. Perhaps more importantly, the rate of seniors who lose their lives to unintentional falls is climbing year after year. Protecting Seniors from Winter Slips & Falls For those of us who live in ice and snow country, there’s no more dangerous time of the year for slips and falls than during winter. So, whether you’re an older American worried about falling during the winter or a younger person concerned for the health of an older relative,

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Home Safety Checklist for Seniors

Home Safety Checklist for Seniors

How to reduce falls in the home: Did you know falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults? So how can you help your parents make their home fall-safe? Home Safety Checklist for Seniors First, you can address the fall risks in the home, room by room. You both may be so used to the layout of their home  and the way things are that you don’t notice the risks. Be prepared for some push back, particularly if they are resistant to you stepping in and “taking over.”

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Top 3 Tips for Fall Prevention

Falls can cause serious injuries that take a long time to heal. They can lead to permanent mobility problems that prevent your enjoyment of hobbies and/or limit your ability to drive, shop, cook or bathe. Top 3 Tips for Fall Prevention Falls are usually the result of spatial orientation miscalculations, dizziness, vision issues, imbalance, poor mobility and/or foot traffic obstacles. Check Your Health If you have arthritis, osteoporosis, hypoglycemia, diabetes, blood pressure fluctuation or another condition that can affect your ability to walk, ask your doctor about symptom management methods. If you’re otherwise experiencing symptoms that make you feel like you’re

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Preventing Senior Falls in Bathrooms

More than one in three seniors over age 65 fall each year, and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) says 80 percent of these falls are in the bathroom. Due to the multitude of unforgiving and slippery surfaces, bathrooms are very hazardous for the home. Preventing Senior Falls in Bathrooms Knowing how to get in and out of tubs and showers properly and equipping homes with necessary safety precautions can reduce senior falls, keep them out of the emergency room and possibly extend their life. Preventing Senior Falls in Bathrooms According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

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Home Automation for Fall Prevention Awareness Day

10 Steps to Help Older Adults Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls

Ready, Steady, Balance: Home Automation for Fall Prevention Awareness Day September 22 marks the first day of fall, and many people are no doubt looking forward to the cooler weather, the changing leaves and the holiday season just around the corner. But it's also a day to recognize another, far more serious kind of fall. Home Automation for Fall Prevention Awareness Day The eleventh annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day is an effort to address the serious issue of fall-related injuries among aging adults, and this year's theme - "Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016" - seeks to make seniors and

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