Just as our ability to read without glasses diminishes with age, our sense of balance also changes. The difference is that we treat the loss of balance as a disease and the cure we’re supposed to adopt is to turn homes and daily life into small hospitals.Continue Reading
Here’s a nice little pun for you: tomorrow, 22 September which is the first day of fall, has been declared by U.S. Senate Resolution 553 to be National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. That’s not really news. The Senate votes the Resolution every year but even though it’s routine, it is a good annual reminder to be sure we have done all we can to prevent falling. Here is why this is so important to us personally and collectively:Continue Reading
I watched it happen almost in slow motion. An elderly woman climbed out of her golf cart, and her medium-sized dog bounded out beside her. But then the dog saw another dog and without looking back, tried to take off, jerking on the leash. The woman hel…Continue Reading
If you have aging parents who falls — and recently one of my parents took a spill — read the article about senior falling in the September 2010 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Mobilize Boston, the organization that con…Continue Reading
A few days ago, I did a post about avoiding falls, the number one cause of injury-related deaths among seniors. Of all the health risks seniors face, falls probably are the most preventable.
In response to the fall-prevention strategies I mention…Continue Reading
My Parkinson’s support group spent part of our meeting discussing falls, a major concern for those with PD. But we aren’t alone; about a third of us over 65 will fall each year, often with serious consequences.
Falls are the leading cause of inju…Continue Reading