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 British Geriatrics Society, include…

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 overwhelming majority of fall-related deaths…

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 review’s search date to…

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…