Falls prevention classes tend to come up after a fall but for some people, prevention is uppermost in their minds as they age and realize maybe a class or talk can help point out what to do to make a residence safe for older adults.
One article addressing falls and seniors was published in a caregiving column in a Canadian daily newspaper. It offers a few things to consider about falls:
https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wel ... r-sos.htmlResearch has shown that people fall for a variety of reasons such as, muscle weakness in the legs and changes in gait patterns as people age, which can be due to lack of exercise, arthritis or neurological causes. Changes in blood pressure, especially when standing up, dehydration and certain medications can also increase one’s risk of falling. Inappropriate footwear is a huge culprit too — especially backless shoes, smooth-bottomed shoes or heels. Sensory problems with one’s vision — cataracts and glaucoma to name just two — can lead to poor depth perception or difficulty adjusting to light changes. Poor sensation in the feet can result in not knowing what you are stepping onto or into.
The Additional Resources at the bottom of this care provider's website offers some tips on how to handle a fall and how to make one's home safer.e
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http://www.stjosephshomecare.ca/client- ... ty-at-home
Falls Prevention toolkit posted on a Canadian website for Ontario residents.
http://www.hamiltonfht.ca/en/managing-m ... Falls.aspx
November is Osteoporosis month and the cause wears purple! Lead article is about diabetes and the link with fractures.
http://www.osteoporosis.ca/osteoporosis ... you%20pt.1
Distinguishing between osteoporosis and osteoarthritis:
http://www.osteoporosis.ca/osteoporosis ... arthritis/