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Significant Drop in Walking Speed Predicts Future Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

June 5, 2016

Published by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Study highlights link between physical and cognitive performance and directionality of physical decline before cognitive decline. While getting physically slower in later years is simply a part of getting older, a new study led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) scientist Dr. John Best spotlights how a significant decrease in gait speed is a possible predictor of future cognitive decline among older adults. The study, recently published in the Journals of Gerontology: Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, examined the more nuanced relationship between cognitive decline and gait speed, defined as a person’s usual pace over a fairly short distance (four … Read more

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Fall Prevention – BC’s Ministry of Health

May 30, 2016

Published by The Ministry of Health  Falls are the main reason why older adults lose their independence. Although the risk factors increase with age, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Preventing falls may even save your life! Use this section of our Seniors website to assess your risk and plan the necessary changes. How Important is it to Stay on Your Feet? • Without prevention efforts, about one third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more each year. • Falls usually happen due to the combined effects of factors that can be prevented. • Most falls occur in seniors’ homes, while doing usual … Read more

Category: Falls Prevention

You CAN Prevent Falls!

April 28, 2016

Published by Public Health Agency of Canada The Facts Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians. 20-30% of seniors experience one or more falls each year. Falls are the cause of 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations. Falls are the cause of 95% of all hip-fractures. 50% of all falls causing hospitalization happen at home. Protect Yourself Anyone can fall. But as we age, our risk of falling becomes greater. That’s the bad news. The good news is that falls can be prevented. The first step to avoiding falls is to understand what causes them. For example, poor balance, decreased muscle and bone strength, reduced vision or hearing, … Read more

Category: Falls Prevention

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Brains

March 21, 2016

Published by Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Can exercise change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease or delay the onset of cognitive decline? According to Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC, and researcher at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, “the emerging evidence would suggest that regular physical activity can indeed maintain your brain health.” Many chronic conditions that are associated with aging, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol have consequences for brain health. However, the risk of developing these chronic conditions can be drastically reduced with regular physical activity. Regular exercise also directly benefits the brain, maintaining proper blood … Read more

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