Posts Tagged ‘falls’

Wireless Network Detects Falls

University of Utah electrical engineers have developed a network of wireless sensors that can detect a person falling. This monitoring technology could be linked to a service that would call emergency help for the elderly without requiring them to wear monitoring devices. For people age 65 and older, falling is a leading cause of injury and death. Most fall-detection devices monitor a person's posture or require a person to push a button to call for help. However, these devices must be worn at all times. A 2008 study showed 80 percent of elderly adults who owned call buttons didn't use…

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Fall Prevention for Seniors

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in every three adults 65 or older falls each year, which can lead to serious injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, causing more drastic senior care needs. Among this age group, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death. Here are some tips for creating a safer home environment and preventing future falls: GET A CHECK-UP Fortunately, falls are preventable. If your senior has recently become a bit unsteady, make sure their doctor gives them a full physical evaluation to rule out any medical issues. For instance, low blood pressure…

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What are some signals that your aging parent needs help?

Frequent falls Unexplained bruises Unexplained weight loss Medication mistakes – forgetting to take, overdosing, abusing Behavior issues Getting lost while driving or walking Social isolation Financial management – not paying bills, making gifts to strangers Nutrition – nothing in the refrigerator or cupboards etc. Unsafe driving Confusion and forgetfulness Balance or mobility problems Refusing to see the doctor or follow advice One spouse overwhelmed or in poor health caring for the other spouse

Some Startling Senior Stats!

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is an organization whose goal is to improve the lives of seniors through education, intervention, and resources. The NCOA is also an excellent resource for statistics regarding the health of older Americans.  NCOA’s website . Disease A chronic disease is one that is long lasting or reoccurs in the same patient; examples include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Approximately 80% of seniors have at least one chronic disease, and 50% are dealing with at least two. The National Governors Association states that 75% of the national money spent on health care is used…

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