Category Archives: Senior Fall Prevention

Medication Reviews Aid Elderly Fall Prevention

According to the Center for Disease Control, one older adult dies from a fall-related injury every 35 minutes. That’s just about all the statistical evidence anyone should need to take elderly fall prevention seriously. And yet, according to a recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants…

Despite the consequences of falls and their preventability, fall risk assessment remains largely ignored by health care providers. A 2003 survey of older US adults indicated that only 37% of them were asked about falls during routine office visits.

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Medication reviews during regular doctor visits can help your doctor assess and modify prescriptions that may increase your risk for falling. Has your doctor reviewed your meds to assess side effects that may cause you to fall? If not, ask!

You can see the JAAPA article about the importance of medication reviews here. And while you’re at it, print out a copy for your doc, too.

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Personal Alert Systems: Simple, Effective Technology for Aging at Home Safely

You’ve seen the commercials on television for decades now: An elderly woman is on the floor in her kitchen or bathroom. She’s in pain — and all alone. “Help,” she cries. “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

Of course, this iconic commercial is for a well-known brand of personal medical alarm. And although the line itself has become a popular culture punch line, the fact is that personal alert systems are popular because they do one job and do it well…

A solution for the multitude of seniors who need some way to summon emergency help, but don’t want or need a constant “nanny,” may be a personal medical alarm. Personal medical alarms are likely the oldest form of home monitoring technology.

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Perhaps no technology has done more to allow older adults to age at home safely and independently than the personal alert system. If you’re in trouble, you just push a button and a dispatcher notifies a designated contact person.

Today the idea behind personal alarms for the elderly has evolved into monitoring systems for the entire home. These sophisticated systems use various combinations of cameras, motion sensors, and connected devices to track an eldrely person’s every move — from getting in and out of bed, to using the toilet, to taking medication on time. These comprehensive systems may make the most sense for seniors who suffer from dementia or who might forget to push a button.

Click here for helpful information about choosing the right personal alert montoring systems for yourself or an elderly parent or loved one.

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