This number of elderly Americans has far-reaching implications for our nation’s public health system and will place unprecedented demands on the provision of health care and aging-related services. Public health efforts to promote health and functional independence are critical strategies in helping older adults stay healthy. Read More
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Fall-related injuries are the leading cause of accidental death in adults age 65 and older. After a fall, the fear of falling can become as life changing and routine-inhibiting as the pain and recovery. One of my senior loved ones fell recently. She was so badly injured, she ended up in the hospital for almost a week. Afterwards, she needed physical therapy to improve her balance and coordination.
There are several easy steps you can take to prevent falls and reduce the fear of falling in older adults. For example, remove throw rugs and incorporate confidence-building exercise. Here is a great resource: Preventing falls in older adults. Read More
Lack of mobility seriously hampers daily life for elders. If you or a loved one are prone to falling, view our resources for suggestions to keep the house free of clutter and increase exercise for strength and mobility.
If an elder is rebuilding energy and strength after surgery or illness, consider having family members and friends take turns pitching in an occasional day to clean and cook. Keeping a few prepared meals easily accessible will ease the burden on the elder. If this is not possible respite care or housekeeping services will provide that help. Read More
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Habit is the single best predictor of inactivity. Often a lifetime of ingrained behavior must be overcome. Incorporating exercise as part of a previously established routine will make it easier to remember to exercise. Include simple exercises in a daily routine to meet goals!
For a frail person, just working on getting up and down out of a chair unassisted is using muscles that need to be exercised. Focus first on the goals for this person,address any of his or her concerns, and any barriers that prevent the exercise. Read More