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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...

2009-09-23 07:35:00

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Senior Abilities Unlimited, LLC, based exclusively in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, celebrates its tenth year anniversary during the month of September. Since 1999, seniors, after realizing that the Medicare system doesn't facilitate preventative measures, have been taking the issue of fall prevention into their own hands. They've been paying for the company's Tandem Strength and Balance(R) service to be performed in their home so that their...

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2009-08-07 12:30:00

Certain types of medications given to the elderly could add to their risk of falling, according to a new study.Researchers in France conducted a 4-year study of 6343 elderly men and women who were taking an anti-anxiety drug. Participants had an average age of 74 years."Falls and associated injuries remain a major public health problem," researchers wrote.  "With little evidence that deaths and serious injuries from falls are declining, despite a strong focus in research and practice...

2009-06-10 07:40:11

Blurred vision, back pain and wrist injuries are common in the computer world. But now, physical injuries such as falling monitors and tripping over cords are sending significant numbers to the emergency room. The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System Database reported over 78,000 injuries treated in the emergency room due to acute computer-related injuries between 1994 and 2006. The amount of patients increased 732 percent over the 13-year study, more than twice the increase of home...


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