Slips, Trips, Falls & Balance

EXERCISE PROGRAMS AND TAI CHI EFFECTIVE IN FALL PREVENTION

Exercise programs that lend strength, flexibility, and balance might be one of the best ways to prevent falls among people age 65 and older, according to an article by Newswise based on a Cochrane review of more than 100 studies. Lesley Gillespie, an orthopedic trauma specialist at the University of Otago ...

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INNER EAR DYSFUNCTIONS LINKED TO BALANCE ISSUES AND FALLS

About 69 million Americans over age 40 have some form of inner ear dysfunction that causes dizziness and makes them up to 12 times more likely to have a serious fall, says a HealthDay article based on a new survey by Johns Hopkins researchers.  More than 22 million of those people ...

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47,000 ELDERLY FALLS IN US TIED TO CANES, WALKERS

Health officials say more than 47,000 elderly Americans end up in emergency rooms each year from falls involving walkers and canes. Those falls are equivalent to nearly 3% of falls in the 65 and over category, based on research from looking at 6 years of ER medical records. Nearly 9 out ...

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PREVENTION OF FALLS

New APTA-endorsed guidelines aimed at preventing falls in older adults recommend a multi-factorial fall risk assessment for all older adults who have had a fall, have been identified as having gait and balance problems, or report difficulties with gait or balance. The guidelines, released by the American Geriatrics Society and the ...

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FALLS DEATH RATES CONTINUE TO RISE

In 2007, 23,443 people died as the result of falls, accounting for 12.8% of all injury deaths that year, says a new report from the National Center on Health Statistics (NCHS). Fall death rates are continuing to increase. The age-adjusted death rate for falls increased over 2006 by 5.8%. The ...

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PT CAN HELP REDUCE FALLS

Primary care-relevant interventions that include physical therapy can reduce falling among community-dwelling older adults, say authors of a systematic review published in the December 20, 2010, issue (Vol 153 No 12) of Annals of Internal Medicine. The reviewers evaluated research published in 2003 and researched databases from the end of that ...

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GAIT SPEED AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF ELDERLY ASSESSMENT

An analysis of 9 studies with more than 34,000 participants aged 65 and older suggests that gait speed may be an indicator of health of an older person. Published in JAMA and highlighted in USA Today, the study's authors, which include APTA member Jennifer Brach, PT, PhD, GCS, say that ...

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SENSE OF BALANCE PREDICTS HIP FRACTURE RISK

Swedish researchers have found a simple way to estimate the risk of hip fracture in older adults; ask them if they have impaired balance. "It maybe can be regarded as a self-evident result," Dr. Karl Michaelsson of University Hospital in Uppsala, one of the study's authors, told Reuters Health. "But it ...

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ARE YOU DIZZY? MAYBE WE CAN HELP!

As we get older we can add one more health issue to our list. Vertigo is a sudden sensation that you are unsteady or that your surroundings are moving. Health & Fitness: Vertigo is mysterious case for seniors -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By DIANA ROSSETTI GateHouse News Service Posted Sep 30, 2008 @ 12:00 AM Printed in the Norwich ...

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