29 Dec

3 Ways Tai Chi Can Help Prevent Falls

Tai Chi, short for ‘Taijiquan,’ is a Chinese workout that has been around for over 1,000 years. This combined martial arts and meditation workout has a long list of benefits. This includes anxiety and depression relief, help chronic lower back pain and help reverse heart disease. These benefits mixed with Tai Chi’s ability to help…

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29 Dec

INNER EAR DYSFUNCTIONS LINKED TO BALANCE ISSUES AND FALLS

About 69 million Americans over age 40 have some form of inner ear dysfunction that causes dizziness and makes them up to 12 times more likely to have a serious fall, says a HealthDay article based on a new survey by Johns Hopkins researchers.  More than 22 million of those people are unaware of their…

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29 Dec

3 Ways to Prevent Falls With Your Walker

Elderly falls are not uncommon. According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 Americans aged 65 or older falls each and every year. Health officials say that more than 3% of those falls result from walkers and canes. That means nearly 47,000 senior Americans end up in the emergency…

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29 Dec

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…

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29 Dec

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…

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29 Dec

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…

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29 Dec

GAIT SPEED AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF ELDERLY ASSESSMENT

An analysis of 9 studies with more than 34,000 participants aged 65 and older suggests that gait speed may be an indicator of health of an older person. Published in JAMA and highlighted in USA Today, the study’s authors, which include APTA member Jennifer Brach, PT, PhD, GCS, say that “gait speed, age, and sex…

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29 Dec

SENSE OF BALANCE PREDICTS HIP FRACTURE RISK

As you age, the risk of hip fracture grows more prevalent. Swedish researchers have found a simple way to estimate the risk of hip fracture in older adults; ask them if they have impaired balance. “It maybe can be regarded as a self-evident result,” Dr. Karl Michaelsson of University Hospital in Uppsala, one of the…

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29 Dec

ARE YOU DIZZY? MAYBE WE CAN HELP!

Vertigo 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…

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