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2010-11-01 21:16:36

Adults 70-Plus Three Times as Likely to Die Following Low-Level Falls While simple falls, such as slipping while walking off a curb, may seem relatively harmless, they can actually lead to severe injury and death in elderly individuals, according to a new study published in The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care. As the population continues to age, it is important for physicians and caregivers to be aware of and prepared to deal with this issue, which could significantly...

2010-09-24 09:00:00

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Our nation's elderly population is dying from a silent killer at an alarming rate. Each year, falls are the leading cause of death from injury in adults over the age of 65.(1) Approximately one-third of older adults fall each year.(1) And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the cost of all falls will be nearly $55 billion by 2020. As part of Fall Prevention Week, Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED), a leading provider of home health...

2010-09-22 14:40:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health joins 33 other states in celebrating "Falls Prevention Awareness Day" on Sept. 23, the first full day of fall. The department's Violence and Injury Prevention Program joins the Falls Free(TM) Coalition, which includes 70 organizations nationwide, to reduce fall-related injury and death among older adults. "In 2008, more than 1,000 older Pennsylvanians died from injuries related to a fall. In...

2010-06-24 03:33:57

As summer rolls around, elderly people may want to think twice about taking their shoes off when they get home. Going barefoot in the home, or wearing slippers or socks with no shoes, may contribute to falls among the elderly, according to a new study from the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife. The study found that nearly 52 percent of the participants who reported a fall were either barefoot, wearing socks without shoes, or wearing slippers at the time of their fall. These...

2010-05-14 11:58:46

Falling down is hazardous to a senior citizen's health, yet fewer than half of all seniors see a doctor after a fall. And those who don't seek medical attention are far less likely to engage in any of the six widely recommended activities "” such as a review of their medications or getting a cane or walker "” that might prevent repeated falls, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. In the study, researchers, using data from the 2007...

2010-05-12 09:38:52

Research: Community falls prevention for people who call an emergency ambulance after a fall: Randomized controlled trial A community based falls prevention service reduced the rate of falls among older people by 55%, finds a study published on bmj.com today. The service also led to increased levels of activities of daily living and reduced fear of falling. Falls are a common and serious problem in older people. Many people who fall call an emergency ambulance, but are not transported to...

2010-04-30 19:00:00

LOS ANGELES, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles today joins with Philips Home Healthcare Solutions to bring Lifeline with AutoAlert, an enhanced medical alert service, to the Los Angeles area. This fee-based service provides seniors with injury protection by combining the Lifeline medical alert service with automatic fall detection capabilities. Lifeline with AutoAlert features a pendant-style help button that can automatically call for help if...

2010-03-24 15:18:16

Scientist says that even people in their 20s and 30s can have significant risks for falling COLUMBIA, Mo. -- More than one-third of adults ages 65 and older fall each year in the U.S., and, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 40 percent of all seniors admitted to the hospital are there due to injuries from falls. However, a new study has found that falls are not just a problem for older adults. Researchers have found that people in their 20s and 30s have significant issues affecting...

2010-03-22 09:00:00

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today introduced Lifeline with AutoAlert, an enhanced medical alert service. This integrated solution offers an added layer of protection by combining the industry-leading Philips Lifeline medical alert service with automatic fall detection capabilities. Lifeline with AutoAlert features the only pendant-style help button that can automatically call for help if a fall is detected and a...

2009-12-01 07:20:00

STAFFORD, Va., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare costs are rapidly increasing due to the rapid aging of our population. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 60% of fatal falls occur in the home. Additionally, the total cost of falls in 2010 is expected to be between 68 and 100 Billion Dollars. More than 25,000 older adults died due to falls last year. Katharine Graham, former Washington Post Chairman, died as a result of a fall. Most of this cost and loss of life...


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