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Preventing Falls: Your Mindset Matters

Preventing Falls: Your Mindset Matters

The headline says it all: "Ivana Trump, ex-wife of former President Trump, died from fall: Medical examiner". Found at the bottom of a set of stairs, the 73-year-old victim's cause of death was ruled by the medical examiner determined the cause of death was "blunt impact injuries to the torso sustained as the result of a fall."

The risk of falls for older adults is significant. The Centers for Disease Control reported that in 2018, 35.6 million falls occurred among those 65 and older. Of these, 8.4 million resulted in injuries, and about 32,000 people died from falls.

Hip fractures are a common injury resulting from older adult falls. Over 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. Women represent about 75% of all hip fractures.

On the positive side, however, those 65 and older can take steps to reduce the risk of falls. Most advice about preventing falls focuses on environmental changes. That's the "outer game." For example, making changes to one's home. Just as important, however, is the "inner game" of fall prevention.

7 Great Mobile Apps That Help Keep Older Adults Safe

7 Great Mobile Apps That Help Keep Older Adults Safe

Advances in technology are one of the best things to happen in the 21st century, as it allows us to connect and keep in touch with our loved ones. In addition, it makes it possible to help take care of family members even if you are not close to them. The key is to find the right mobile application that will help you take care of the older adults in your life.

So, if you have elderly members in your family, you are in the right place. Here are the top apps you can download to help improve their lives and safety.

Walk-in Tubs vs. Walk-in Showers: Pros and Cons

Walk-in Tubs vs. Walk-in Showers: Pros and Cons

According to recent studies, 80% of older adults' fall injuries at home occur in the bathroom. Because of this, it is crucial to take the proper precautions and create a safe environment for seniors in the home. An important decision for the bathroom is to choose between a walk-in tub and a walk-in shower.

If you are also struggling to choose between the two, you are in the right place! Here are the pros and cons of each to help you make the right decision.

Exercising at Home? Stay Safe With These 10 Easy Tips

Exercising at Home? Stay Safe With These 10 Easy Tips

Whether it's for convenience, comfort, affordability, or safety, there are many reasons you may decide that working out at home is right for you. Exercising at home can be an excellent option as many people find that it helps them work out more often and more comfortably.

With that, while working out at home can be safer than going to the gym (more hygienic, less likely to be injured by others, fewer distractions, etc.), it presents a unique set of risks and challenges you might not have to think about as much at a gym or fitness center. So, the next time you decide to stay at home to exercise, consider the following tips for a successful workout!

7 Factors That Affect Your Balance

7 Factors That Affect Your Balance

Balance is perhaps one of the most important things to maintain as you age. Unfortunately, as we age, we are at a higher risk of losing balance and falling. In fact, according to the CDC, more than 1 in 4 older adults will experience a fall each year. Such a loss of balance is not because of one thing but many factors.

That is why it is crucial to understand the various factors that affect your balance. Once you understand these factors, you can develop better habits that will aid you in creating better balancing abilities.

14 Practical Tips To Stay Safe on the Stairs

14 Practical Tips To Stay Safe on the Stairs

Falls can be devastating and result in traumatic injuries. Stairs can be particularly risky for older adults. A study has even shown that, on average, in the United States, there are one million emergency room visits as a result of accidents on staircases and 12,000 deaths per year. 

If your loved one is living in a house with stairs, it's important to make sure they are as safe as possible to avoid the risk of a trip or fall. Here are some helpful tips to help make stairs safer for older adults so your loved one can live safely and independently.

7 Signs It Is Time To Stop Driving

7 Signs It Is Time To Stop Driving

Driving is one of the most popular characteristics of independence. It's a symbol of becoming independent to mature to the legal age and get your driver's license. This is also why it can be difficult to accept that it may be time to now stop driving. After all, you've likely been driving for decades, and it's not easy to give up that freedom and accept a decline in your abilities.

However, in 2019, more than 250,000 older adults (age 65+) were treated in emergency rooms for sustaining injuries after a car crash. Therefore, it's important to look for alternative forms of transportation when you reach a point where driving presents an increased risk.

Here are the top signs that will help you understand when it may be time to hang up the keys and stop driving.

16 Tips to Preserve and Improve Mobility as You Age

16 Tips to Preserve and Improve Mobility as You Age

Thе аbilitу tо wаlk or mоvе frееlу in оnе’ѕ еnvirоnmеnt bесоmеѕ inсrеаѕinglу important аѕ уоu аgе. Enjоуing your fаvоritе асtivitiеѕ аnd nаvigаting dаilу tаѕkѕ is a critical раrt оf mаintаining indереndеnсе. Mоbilitу iѕ a key component оf рhуѕiсаl health that саn аffесt your ѕосiаl аnd emotional well-being. Limitеd mоbilitу and the inаbilitу to take раrt in activities thаt bring уоu jоу саn lead tо isolation аnd fееlingѕ оf embarrassment. Research ѕuggеѕtѕ older adults with decreased mоbilitу experience a higher likelihood of loneliness, disease, and hospitalization. 

Clearly, maintaining mobility is an important factor in keeping a high quality of life. To help maintain and even improve your mobility, we have compiled a list of things you can practice daily!

Watch for These Tripping Hazards in Your Home and Yard

Watch for These Tripping Hazards in Your Home and Yard

Tripping hazards in the home can go unnoticed until they cause an irreversible accident. It is reported by the CDC that more than 25% of adults 65 and older fall each year. While some falls are relatively harmless, approximately 20% of falls result in serious injuries such as broken bones or a head injury. Fortunately, you can take simple precautionary steps to minimize the risk of falling in your home. Discussed below are common tripping hazards and how to manage them!