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2013-10-30 11:14:53

Could reduce rate of severe falls leading to medical care Exercise programs designed to prevent falls in older adults also appear to prevent injuries caused by falls, suggests a paper published today on bmj.com. Fall-related injuries are very common among older people and are a major cause of long-term pain and functional impairment. They also increase the risk of discharge to a nursing home and have a high economic cost. Well-designed exercise programs can prevent falls in older...

Elderly Falls Could Be Prevented By Magic Carpet
2012-09-04 10:19:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ability to detect changes in an elderly person´s gait could be important in preventing dangerous trips and falls that can severely impact their health and quality of life. Using plastic optical fibers on the underlay of a carpet, researchers have developed just such an ability in what´s being called a ℠magic carpet´. An interdisciplinary team from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom will...

2012-09-03 11:00:56

Taking a fall in older life can not only result in injury, but also a potentially debilitating loss of confidence. But new guidelines for physiotherapists, co-compiled by a leading academic in the field from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), University of Exeter, aim to refresh out-dated guidelines and introduce better direction for physiotherapists who work with elderly people at risk of falling. As we get older our risk of falling increases, regardless of...

2012-08-08 22:15:12

Embedding exercises into daily routines can cut falls by almost a third Balance and strength training is known to reduce falls in older adults. However, less than 10% of older people routinely engage in strength training and it is likely that this is much lower for activities that challenge balance. It has been suggested that integrating exercise into everyday activities may help people stick to it, but this approach has never been investigated in frail older people at risk of falls....

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...

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...

2008-07-31 00:00:42

Tel Aviv University researchers say the drug used to help manage attention deficit disorder in children may help seniors from falling. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, finds older people who take Ritalin, or methylphenidate, may improve their cognitive abilities and their gait, cutting the risk of serious falls. Jeffrey M. Hausdorff and colleagues find that after only one dose of Ritalin, seniors walked with a steadier gait and performed better on a...

2008-06-25 15:03:08

Traumatic brain injuries due to falls caused nearly 8,000 U.S. deaths and 56,000 hospitalizations in 2005 among people 65 and older, officials said. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, published in the June issue of the Journal of Safety Research, said traumatic brain injuries are caused by a bump or blow to the head. However, they may be missed or misdiagnosed among older adults. Traumatic brain injury often results in long-term cognitive, emotional, and/or functional...


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