Fall Risk in Seniors

Knee problems can occur at any age. Seniors in particular, are vulnerable to the knee problems, partly due to the associated physiological changes of aging, and often because they tend to develop some problems with mobility as time goes by.  In fact, knee pain is one of the most common problems affecting millions of people living […]

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Human beings require calcium for signal and muscle contradiction and to build and maintain skeletons. Aging, even in the healthy elderly, reduces muscle mass and muscle strength leading to a functional impairment. It is important in a number of physiologic processes, including calcium absorption, innate and adaptive immunity and homeostasis of a number of organs. The […]

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For a child or a young adult, falling down may seem like a benign event with a bruised body part. But when an older adult falls it is a trauma that they have to go through, owing to their fragile bones and weak muscles. September 22-26 is regarded as a National Fall Prevention Awareness Week […]

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Home is the place where one is always comfortable and the desire to stay at home for as long as possible becomes a question mark as we grow older and as such as we tend to relish our own homes and our familiar surroundings more than any other place. A recent AARP Survey says that […]

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Rise in blood pressure in the elderly has traditionally been regarded as a normal part of aging, but lately it is perceived as a condition of serious illness and morbidity that can potentially lead to myocardial infarction. More than half of the elderly population is susceptible to hypertension with the blood pressure reading of 140/90 […]

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In the young, healthy adults balance is an automatic reflex. But as we grow older our reflexes become slower, eyesight worsens and our muscles that become weak and inflexible largely affect our sense of balance. A balance disorder is a condition that makes us feel unsteady or dizzy as if we are moving, spinning or […]

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As discussed in Part 1 of this series on Balance Disorders in Seniors, good balance (the ability to control and maintain the body’s position while moving and remaining still) is important for seniors to stay independent and carry out their daily activities. It can be caused by problems of the inner ear, diseases of the circulatory […]

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Aging increases the likelihood of having problems related to balance. Good balance is needed to help seniors stay independent and carry out daily chores and activities. Problems with sense of balance are experienced by many people as they age. However, getting older is not the only cause, there are other causes too. Some of these […]

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A new Dutch study concludes that older adults taking psychiatric medications are at higher risk of falling. Out of 400 older people whose medical histories were compared, there was a higher rate of multiple falls among those taking antidepressants, antipsychotics, and short-acting benzodiazepines. Though there are physical and environmental reasons that people fall, the side […]

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More than 1.6 million older U.S. adults go to emergency departments for fall-related injuries every year. Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence, and injury deaths. In 2010, the direct medical costs of falls, adjusted for inflation, was $30.0 billion. Risk Factors for Falling […]

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Millions of seniors of age 65  and above are treated in emergency departments for unintentional falls and injuries.  Almost a quarter of the falls result in hospitalization.  Hence assessing and preventing falls is a serious issue confronting older adults, family members and assisted living facilities. Several methods and models are available to assess fall risk.  […]

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