10 Steps to Help Older Adults Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls

Some of the most serious injuries among older adults, age 65 and older, are caused by falling. More than 1.6 million older Americans end up in the emergency room or hospital because of a fall, according to the National Institutes of Health. Seniors who have broken a hip by falling can have trouble recovering and regaining mobility.110 Steps to Help Older Adults Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls0 Steps to Help Older Adults Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls

 The good news is many falls are preventable. One of the first things you can do if you take prescription medication is have your health care team review your medication.

“Some prescription medicines and over-the-counter drugs, or a combination of them, can make you dizzy or sleepy. Either can lead to a fall,” said “>Jaza Marina, M.D., a geriatrician at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta. “If you fall, be sure to let your doctor know, even if you aren’t hurt. Sometimes falls are a sign of a new medical problem that needs attention.”

Many underlying causes of falls can be treated or corrected. Dr. Marina recommends these 10 proactive steps to reduce the risk of falling.


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Forget millennials: Seniors are poised to reshape the housing market

As baby boomers age, will they change the paradigm of older adult housing?

The number of Americans over 80 will double, from 6 million to 12 million, in the next two decades. And by 2035, one out of three U.S. households will be headed by someone over 65. That’s 79 million Americans, or slightly less than the population of Turkey.


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National Arthritis Awareness Month: Family Caregivers Key to Helping Those Living with Arthritis

This month, America observes Arthritis Awareness Month – a month dedicated to sharing experiences and letting others see and hear about the disease and its impacts. To join in the discussion, Home Instead Senior Care – the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors – is offering tips to family caregivers of those living with the disease.


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Tailored elderly exercise program leads to decreases in falls

A local research study into the benefits of tailored exercise programs for aged-care residents is confirming what most people would regard as common sense: it is far better to engage in resistance and balance training than to spend every waking hour in a chair or bed.

Yet the study by physiotherapist and PhD candidate Jennie Hewitt is the first of its kind ever undertaken in Australia or internationally, and it is showing remarkably positive results.


Posted by editor on Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:04 | Permalink

High tech tool helps people and families coping with dementia

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has launched a new program that allows early-stage dementia patients to participate in their own care planning, potentially easing the burden for both the person with dementia and their concerned family members.  

Known as SHARE, the program outlines a care plan for loved ones to follow as the condition progresses. Based on two decades of research by Benjamin Rose, the SHARE toolkit includes an iPad app which lists tasks in a set of color-coded circular diagrams.  Under the guidance of SHARE counselors, duties can then be assigned to caregivers, whether they're family, friends or professional service providers. 


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Aging in Place

When I asked the other three members of my walking group, all of whom are in their mid to upper 70s, whether they had any concerns about future living arrangements, they each said they had none despite the fact that, like me, they live in multistory private homes without elevators and, in two cases, without bathrooms on every floor.


Posted by editor on Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:04 | Permalink

Occupational Therapy Ups Functioning in Frail Seniors

For physically frail older adults, occupational therapy is associated with improved functioning, according to a review published online April 3 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Leen De Coninck, from the KU Leuven in Belgium, and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the effectiveness of occupational therapy for improving performance in daily living activities among community-dwelling physically frail older people. Data were included from nine studies that met the inclusion criteria.


Posted by editor on Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:04 | Permalink

Polk State College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program: Students Soar With In-Depth Knowledge in the Field

Madeline King was also honored to submit her work titled “Empowering Our Seniors Through Acts of Kindness: How To Improve Social Engagement In the Community.” She selected this topic during her psychosocial fieldwork rotation at a local senior activity center, where she noticed that many seniors felt disengaged from the community.

“I knew I wanted to create a way for seniors to gain confidence and a sense of purpose,” she said. “I recognized an opportunity to create that purpose through acts of kindness within the activity center and in the greater community.”

Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) work under the direction of occupational therapists to help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.


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University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Teams Up with the Occupational Therapy Association of California and the San Marcos Senior Center to Host a CarFit Event and Help Senior Drivers Stay Safe

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes health and rehabilitative sciences education through innovative classroom education, hosted a CarFit event, in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) and the San Marcos Senior Center. The event was held on Saturday, April 8 and aimed to help senior drivers find a better "fit" with their cars for comfort and safety.

CarFit, a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them. The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.


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Growing old alone: More seniors at risk of becoming elder orphans

A growing number of seniors who outlive family, or live far from relatives, are at risk of becoming what researchers call elder orphans, people who are socially or physically isolated and do not have someone to help them manage aging.

An estimated 49 percent of people older than 65 in Chicago who owned a house were living there alone in 2015, according to census data.


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