Tag: falls in older adults

Simple Activity Guidelines Provide a Path to Wellness

Exercise isn’t just about being fit or looking slim. It affects how we feel, how we function, and even how well we sleep. In the newly issued second edition of the report Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, researchers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outline the dramatic

6 Ways to Ensure Your Independence As You Age

A new study has found that today’s older Americans can expect to live an average of two years longer in good health than previous generations. The gains suggest that older people are finding ways to add to the number of years they can live independently, a major goal of the

Core Exercises for Elderly: Staying in Charge

Core Exercises for Elderly: Staying in Charge

Everything begins with the core. Core muscles stabilize segments of the body, act as a shock absorbor for the whole body, maintain functional (working) posture, and allow for motions such as flexion and rotation. Improving your core through regular resistance exercises, experts pledge, can improve overall mobility. Core exercises for elderly

Is Vertigo Affecting Your Balance?

Is Vertigo Affecting Your Balance?

Although vertigo—a “spinning” sensation—is a fairly common complaint among older adults, it is not an inevitable part of aging. There are many possible causes, and it’s important to be evaluated by a doctor who can determine the cause and recommend appropriate treatment. Vertigo caused by vestibular (balance) system disorders can

1. The Flexibility Advantage

For the next few minutes, try to forget everything you’ve heard about flexibility. Suspend any preconceived notions about stretching, warming up, joint range of motion, and preventing injuries.
Just hit the reset button on the whole topic and let’s start over with what evidence-based medicine tells us and common-sense practice shows

3. Falls and Loss of Mobility—Underlying Causes

Many of these underlying conditions are familiar. Others are not as well known, but can be just as debilitating. Here’s the list, in the order they are discussed.

Loss of hearing
Diminished vision
Cognitive disorders
Balance disorders
Geriatric dizziness
Stroke
Diabetes
Peripheral neuropathy
Orthopaedic injuries and procedures
Osteoporosis
Arthritis
Diet
Obesity
Metabolic syndrome
Parkinson’s disease
Multiple sclerosis
Medications

Loss of hearing
Most of us don’t necessarily make the connection

At-Home Moves for Balance and Coordination

Hiking on uneven terrain, or simultaneously reaching for your car door while holding a sack of groceries on your hip, are two examples of using your body’s natural ability to balance and coordinate movements. According to physical therapist Ellen Wilson, director of therapy services, UCLA Department of Rehabilitation Services, as

Choose the Best Blood Sugar Meter

According to the American Diabetes Association, one-quarter of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes. The disease can seriously impact health if it is poorly controlled—in fact, it is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Diabetics are 1.8 times more likely than non-diabetics to be hospitalized for

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