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New Web Resource to Help Evaluate Medical Tests & Treatments - Their Benefits, Harms & Costs - Launched by American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest specialist physicians organization in the U.S., announced on January 16 that it has launched a new “High Value Care website” “to help physicians and other health care professionals, medical students, and . . . → Read More: New Web Resource to Help Evaluate Medical Tests & Treatments – Their Benefits, Harms & Costs – Launched by American College of Physicians

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Vision Problems Commonly Lead Older Adults to Limit Activity for Fear of Falling, New Study Finds

A new study by doctors at the University of Montreal and an associated Montreal hospital have found that about half of seniors with visually impairing eye diseases report limiting their social activities due to fear of falling. This also . . . → Read More: Vision Problems Commonly Lead Older Adults to Limit Activity for Fear of Falling, New Study Finds

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Two Exercises to Help Prevent Knee Injuries

Many doctors and physical trainers recommend strengthening all the muscles around the knee, such as quadriceps, hamstrings, and the calf, as a way of helping to prevent knee injuries. Before embarking on any exercise program, consult your doctor first. . . . → Read More: Two Exercises to Help Prevent Knee Injuries

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Harvard Health Publishes Report on Strength and Power Training: A guide for adults of all ages

According to a special health report issued by Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School, “Sarcopenia—the gradual decrease in muscle tissue—starts at around age 30, [and] the average 30-year-old can expect to lose about 25% of muscle mass and . . . → Read More: Harvard Health Publishes Report on Strength and Power Training: A guide for adults of all ages

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Exercise & Home Modification Most Effective to Prevent Falls in Seniors, New Study Finds

New research published September 12 in The Cochrane Library has found that of several fall-prevention methods studied, exercise including strength and balance training was most effective in reducing the risk of falling for seniors. Modifications of the home to . . . → Read More: Exercise & Home Modification Most Effective to Prevent Falls in Seniors, New Study Finds

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Dizziness & Balance Disorders Arise from Conditions Common with Aging, Experts Report

“More than 4 in 10 Americans will experience an episode of dizziness sometime during their lives that’s significant enough to send them to a doctor,” according to the August, 2012 issue of NIH News in Health, a monthly newsletter . . . → Read More: Dizziness & Balance Disorders Arise from Conditions Common with Aging, Experts Report

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Harvard Health Updates Report on Foot Care Basics - Preventing and Treating Common Foot Conditions

Harvard Health Publications has issued a newly revised Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School on “Foot Care Basics: Preventing and treating common foot conditions.” “Three out of four Americans will suffer some kind of foot ailment in their . . . → Read More: Harvard Health Updates Report on Foot Care Basics – Preventing and Treating Common Foot Conditions

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Experts Advocate Dancing for Health

UPDATED July 23, 2012: A new Health Tip published by MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health advocates that seniors “make exercise a social activity.” “Participate in a group dance class or a . . . → Read More: Experts Advocate Dancing for Health

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Harvard Health Publishes New Joint Pain Relief Workout

Harvard Health Publications has published a new Special Health Report entitled, “The Joint Pain Relief Workout: Healing exercises for your shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles.” The Report provides exercises designed by doctors at Harvard Medical School, along with Master . . . → Read More: Harvard Health Publishes New Joint Pain Relief Workout

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National Safety Month Focuses on Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls among Older Adults

June has been designated “National Safety Month,” an annual observance sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), a non-profit organization, “to increase awareness of the top causes of preventable injuries and deaths and to encourage safe behaviors.” Each week . . . → Read More: National Safety Month Focuses on Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls among Older Adults

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New High Value Care Guides for Patients Are Jointly Announced by American College of Physicians & Consumer Reports

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and Consumer Reports jointly announced yesterday that they will work together to produce a new series of “High Value Care” guides to help patients understand what are appropriate treatments for common health problems. . . . → Read More: New High Value Care Guides for Patients Are Jointly Announced by American College of Physicians & Consumer Reports

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Free Fall Prevention Evaluation for Older Adults Offered by Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida offers a free interdisciplinary Fall Prevention Evaluation for older adults who are at risk due to balance problems. “This service provides a one-time, comprehensive, multiple discipline evaluation for balance and fall risk factors. . . . → Read More: Free Fall Prevention Evaluation for Older Adults Offered by Nova Southeastern University

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Benefits of Weight Training for People Over 50

Fitness guru Nash Jocic advocates weight training for people over 50 to stop or slow down the aging process, increase mobility, and lower the risk of injuries. Watch » Consult your doctor before beginning an exercise . . . → Read More: Benefits of Weight Training for People Over 50

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Vitamin E Supplements May Weaken Bones, New Mouse Study Suggests

A new study by researchers at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, has found that mice fed Vitamin E supplement in a quantity similar to that consumed by many people taking Vitamin E supplements lost bone mass, while those bred . . . → Read More: Vitamin E Supplements May Weaken Bones, New Mouse Study Suggests

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Harvard Issues Updated Report on Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back

Harvard Health Publications has issued a revised and updated version of its Special Health Report on “Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back,” written by experts at Harvard Medical School. According to Harvard Health Publications, “Back pain is one . . . → Read More: Harvard Issues Updated Report on Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back

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New Study: Can Twice Weekly Ballroom Dancing Prevent Falls in Elderly?

The University of Sidney, Australia has announced a new study to test whether twice weekly ballroom dancing can restore balance and strength and prevent falls in older adults. The one-year long study, entitled “The effectiveness of social dancing as . . . → Read More: New Study: Can Twice Weekly Ballroom Dancing Prevent Falls in Elderly?

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Some Vertigo Associated with Migranes

Some dizziness (vertigo) is associated with migrane headaches. If you are experiencing dizziness or headaches, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and potential treatment. For an introduction, see this video on Migranes and Vertigo, from the Mayo . . . → Read More: Some Vertigo Associated with Migranes

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Assistance Dogs Provide Wonderful Help for Those with Limited Mobility

Assistance Dogs (sometimes called “Service Dogs”) provide remarkable help for those with limited mobility. In addition to the salutary love, bond, and companionship that the dogs provide, Assistance Dogs are trained to help with many tasks that make life . . . → Read More: Assistance Dogs Provide Wonderful Help for Those with Limited Mobility

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Joint Health and Preventing Fractures

The number one cause of fractures in elderly people is falling. Low impact exercise like walking can improve balance and keep nerve receptors healthy. Watch Gary Calabrese Gary Calabrese, PT, director of Cleveland Clinic Sports Heath and Orthopaedic . . . → Read More: Joint Health and Preventing Fractures

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October is National Physical Therapy Month

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has declared October as “National Physical Therapy Month.” “Mobility is the key ingredient to aging successfully and remaining active and independent throughout our lives,” said R Scott Ward, PT, PhD, President of the . . . → Read More: October is National Physical Therapy Month

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New Patient Guides & Treatment Decision Aids Provided by AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is providing a new series of Guides for Patients and Consumers. These new Guides for Patients and Consumers include Consumer . . . → Read More: New Patient Guides & Treatment Decision Aids Provided by AHRQ

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American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a series of Classes for Family caregivers, which include eight one-hour modules of instruction on topics intended “to help participants gain an understanding of what is involved in caring for a loved one.” . . . → Read More: American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes

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Prevent Falls by Older Adults

The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that fall-related injuries are responsible for about two million visits to hospital emergency departments per year, according to a May 12, 2011 HealthBeat report issued by the U.S. Department of . . . → Read More: Prevent Falls by Older Adults

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Bipartisan efforts to better treat and cure paralysis

Watch The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act (legislation) to advance research into cures and treatments for paralysis, as well as aid those living with disability»

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Making the Bathroom Safer for Your Elderly Parent

Watch this video for good tips on how to make the bathroom safer for your elderly parent or other elderly loved . . . → Read More: Making the Bathroom Safer for Your Elderly Parent

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Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults

A thorough checklist by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation and MetLife Foundation. Caregivers should review this carefully and implement these suggestions for their elderly loved ones.

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Eldercare At Home: Bone Weakness

by the American Geriatric Society, Foundation for Health in Aging. Information for the caregiver on understanding the problem, when to get professional help, what you can do to help, carrying out and adjusting your plan, and checking on progress. . . . → Read More: Eldercare At Home: Bone Weakness

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Many Elderly Caregivers Do Not Know How to Make Homes Fall-Safe

Home Safety Council finds many homes lack critical safety elements, by SeniorJournal.com. A study by the Home Safety Council found that even though falls are the leading cause of home injury-related death among older adults, critical falls prevention measures . . . → Read More: Many Elderly Caregivers Do Not Know How to Make Homes Fall-Safe

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Footwear and Falls

by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Makes the point that a major cause of falls is improper footwear and foot problems that it causes, and provides tips for injury prevention. As a caregiver, be sure to see that . . . → Read More: Footwear and Falls

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What YOU Can Do to Prevent Falls

Brochure by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. As a caregiver, you can help your elderly loved one do four things to prevent falls: (1) begin a regular exercise program, (2) . . . → Read More: What YOU Can Do to Prevent Falls

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Age-Specific Competencies for Healthcare Providers: Care of the mature Adult (65 Years and Older)

Sample chapter, excerpt: “Impaired mobility places the patient at risk for skin breakdown, falls, and psychological isolation… Healthcare providers must work together (physicians, nurses, physical therapists, nursing assistants, etc.) to provide range-of motion (ROM) exercises, assistance with ambulation, frequent . . . → Read More: Age-Specific Competencies for Healthcare Providers: Care of the mature Adult (65 Years and Older)

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Heros–Reducing Falls and Serious Injuries Training Program Manual

by Temple University School of Medicine and Department of Public Health, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Training manual for the HEROS© (Health, Education, Research Outreach for Seniors) fall . . . → Read More: Heros–Reducing Falls and Serious Injuries Training Program Manual

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Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons

by the American Geriatrics Society, British Geriatrics Society, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Panel on Falls Prevention. Geared primarily to health care professionals, this medical paper is also instructive for family caregivers. It recommends regular assessment of older . . . → Read More: Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons

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Getting Up from a Fall

by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Advises not to try to get up too quickly or in the wrong position. Instructs on how to get up. >>View Info

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Broken Bones & Injury: Treatment & Rehabilitation

by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Comprehensive discussion of nonsurgical treatments, activity and exercise, alternative medicine, and orthotics (casts, splints, etc.), as well as surgical treatments for each of the different parts of the body where a fracture . . . → Read More: Broken Bones & Injury: Treatment & Rehabilitation

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Broken Bones & Injury: Joint Replacement

by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Comprehensive discussions of joint replacement surgeries for the different parts of the body that may have been fractured. >>View Info

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Fractures: Types and Treatments

by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. >>View Info

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Older Consumers Safety Checklist – Help prevent falls

by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission >>View Info

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Preventing Falls among Older Adults

by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH, Department of Health & Human Resources. >>View Info

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What are Ways to Prevent Falls and Fractures, Fast Facts

by National Institutes of Health, Osteoporosis and Bone Related Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. >>View Info

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Fall prevention: 6 ways to reduce your falling risk

by Mayo Clinic, MayoClinic.com. >>View Info

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Preventing Falls and Related Fractures

by the National Institutes of Health, Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases. >>View Info

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Preventing Falls

by Robert McCoppin, The Daily Herald, Health, March 31, 2008. >>View Info

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Guidelines for Preventing Falls

by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. >>View Info

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Falls in Nursing Homes

by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A good discussion of the extent of the problem, why falls occur in nursing homes, and what we can do to prevent them. >>View . . . → Read More: Falls in Nursing Homes

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See Arthritis, Osteoporosis & Related Rheumatic Conditions

Osteoporosis, a loss of bone mass that comes with aging, makes the bones brittle and subject to easy fracture through falls or even without falls. An important part of preventing injury of older persons through falls is to diagnose . . . → Read More: See Arthritis, Osteoporosis & Related Rheumatic Conditions

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Osteoporosis

by Cedars-Sinai Health System. A good discussion of the symptoms (or lack thereof), diagnosis, causes, risk factors, treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Good bone health is a key part of avoiding falls and fractures. >>View Info

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Osteoporosis Tests

by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Discusses the diagnostic tests used to test for osteoporosis. >>View Info

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What You Need to Know about Balance and Falls; a Physical Therapist’s Perspective

by the American Physical Therapy Association. Understand whether you have a balance or posture problem, and learn about exercises to help correct it. >>View Info

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X-rays, CT Scans and MRIs

by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Describes the diagnostic imaging techniques used to give doctors a picture of the patient’s bones, organs, muscles, tendons, nerves, and cartilage, in order to determine if there are any abnormalities, after a . . . → Read More: X-rays, CT Scans and MRIs

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Falls Higher Risk in Older Women Who Sleep Less, and Medications do Little to Influence the Link, Study Finds

National Women’s Health Resource Center, healthywomen.org. From HealthDay, September 8, 2008. Study suggests that lack of sleep is a predictor of falls. >>View Info

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Electrodiagnostic Testing

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Discusses types of diagnostic testing which should be done to discover injuries to nerves and muscles, if the patient has pain, weakness or numbness in his or her back, neck or hands. >>View . . . → Read More: Electrodiagnostic Testing

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About Balance Problems

by the National Institutes of Health – Senior Health. Causes and prevention, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and research, frequently asked questions, and links to additional resources. >>View Info

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Walking Problems

by the American Geriatric Society, Foundation for Health in Aging. Information on causes, evaluation, and treatment of walking problems. Early diagnosis and treatment of walking problems are important to prevent falls. >>View Info

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Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly

Washington Post, July 19, 2008. Cites study by American Geriatric Society, finding that falls are a leading cause of serious injury and death among the elderly, and most of those falls occur in the home. Includes suggestions for making . . . → Read More: Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly

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Falls and Older Adults

by the National Institutes of Health – Senior Health. Includes discussions about falls, causes and risk factors, preventing falls and fractures, advice if you fall, frequently asked questions, and links to further resources. >>View Info

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Falls

by MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Extensive information and links to more information and resources. >>View Info

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Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview

by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. >>View Info

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Falls and Fractures

Age Page by National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health. Discusses physical changes associated with aging that can make falls more likely, consequences of falls (which may be aggravated by osteoporosis), and steps to take to decrease the . . . → Read More: Falls and Fractures

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Costs of Falls Among Older Adults

by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in three adults age 65 or older falls each year. “Of those who fall, 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to get . . . → Read More: Costs of Falls Among Older Adults

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Don’t Let a Fall be Your Last Trip: Who is At risk?

by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Reports that falls are the leading cause of injury to older adults, with over 11 million people falling each year at a treatment cost to the U.S. of $20.2 Billion annually. The . . . → Read More: Don’t Let a Fall be Your Last Trip: Who is At risk?

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Fear of Falling is Justified

by Robin Adams, The Ledger.com, March 24, 2008. >>View Info

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Senior Falls Can Lead to Brain Injury

Washington Post, June 24, 2008. “As people age, their risk of falling increases due to a number of factors such as mobility problems due to muscle weakness or poor balance, loss of sensation in feet, chronic health problems, vision . . . → Read More: Senior Falls Can Lead to Brain Injury

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Subcortical vascular lesions predict falls at 12 months in elderly patients discharged from a rehabilitation ward

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Aug;89(8):1522-7. Abstract of scientific study, finding that “subcortical vascular lesions” (lesions in a part of the brain associated with vascular dementia) in patients with gait disorder, 12 months after discharge from a rehabilitation facility, . . . → Read More: Subcortical vascular lesions predict falls at 12 months in elderly patients discharged from a rehabilitation ward

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Fosamax Lawsuits Question Wide Use of Osteoporosis Drugs

As reported in the New York Times, several lawsuits are now being pursued against drug companies, alleging that continued use of bone-loss drugs, such as Fosamax and others, caused jawbone disintegration, thigh fractures, and other serious problems. An Advisory . . . → Read More: Fosamax Lawsuits Question Wide Use of Osteoporosis Drugs

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Preventing Falls Checklist

Preventing Falls Checklist from AARP

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