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Aging gracefully: Preventing falls

April 20, 2018

Originally published by CNN Falls, for older people, are serious. They can significantly impair mobility and independence. They may lead to hospitalization and subsequent placement in a long-term care facility or nursing home. And as you get older, recovery is slower. Falls are the leading cause of traumatic injury and death in older people, according to geriatric specialist Dr. Becky Powers. Older women are more often injured as a result of falls, but men are more likely to die as the result of a fall. According to the American Geriatrics Society, up to one-third of adults over the age of 65 living at home experience a fall, and nearly two-thirds will fall … Read more

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Fitness instructor gives seniors a healthy fear of falls, then helps prevent them

February 4, 2018

Originally published by CBC Close to 90 people die, 1,600 are hospitalized because of falls in Winnipeg every year, health authority says Winnipeg fitness instructor Andrew Schindle hopes his students walk away from his class with a healthy fear of falling. That’s part of the message he imparted during a class last Tuesday a Charleswood seniors centre, where more than a dozen people were gathered to practice movements most people do every day without thinking.   While Aretha Franklin’s raucous cover of The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby blasted over the speakers, Schindle led the seniors through a routine designed to increase their strength and balance, with the aim of helping prevent falls. “I want people to know that … Read more

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Adding other therapy to exercise may be best for fall prevention

November 7, 2017

Originally published by Reuters   (Reuters Health) – Older adults who exercise may be half as likely to fall as their inactive counterparts, and adding therapies like eye exams, vitamins and home repairs may lower the risk even more, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data from 238 previously published results with a total of about 160,000 people age 65 or older. All of the studies were experiments that randomly assigned participants to receive exercise or other interventions for fall prevention, usual care such as education, or no help at all. Compared to usual care, people who were assigned to exercise programs were 49 percent less likely to have a … Read more

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Falls take a rising toll on elderly brains

March 16, 2017

Originally published by CBC What may seem like a mild initial fall may cause concussions or other problems Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers. The reason for the increase isn’t clear, the report’s authors said. But one likely factor is that a growing number of elderly people are living at home and taking repeated tumbles, said one expert. “Many older adults are afraid their independence will be taken away if they admit to falling, and so they minimize it,” said Dr. Lauren Southerland, an Ohio State University emergency physician … Read more

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