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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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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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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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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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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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