How to Prevent Falls In Assisted Living, At Home

Seniors experience an increased risk of falling for a number of reasons: a decline in cognitive function or coordination, decreased vision, loss of balance or mobility, depth perception issues resulting from dementia, and more. Whether you’re concerned about an ...

 
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Creating a Safe Senior Living Space

Preventing a fall or related injury is a key aspect of successful aging in place. It doesn’t matter whether the person resides in assisted living, at home, or in another type of senior care community. As the primary caregiver ...

 
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Fall Activities to Enjoy in Assisted Living

The leaves are beginning to change colors, the nights getting longer, the temperatures dropping: fall is truly settling in to most parts of the country.

As it is also a season filled with many opportunities for fun activities, family and ...

 
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Got Pumpkin Fever? It’s a Senior Super-Food

Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin beer, pumpkin pie: don’t be shy about indulging in all things pumpkin, because the classic fall symbol actually has a glowing reputation.

A post from AARP defines pumpkins as a “super-food for older adults, rich in ...

 
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Fall Prevention Awareness Day: What Seniors, Caregivers Need to Know

Today, September 23rd, is Fall Prevention Awareness Day – appropriately tied to the first official day of the new season.

Although fall prevention efforts should be made year-round, a change of season is a good time to remind caregivers and older ...

 
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Fall Activities at Assisted Living Residences

There’s a chill in the air, nights are getting longer, and many have woken to lawns and roofs glistening with the first frost: fall is almost here.

Though the season’s official start is September 23rd, stores are already ...

 
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Prompt Surgery After a Hip Fracture May Save Lives

A broken or fractured hip is a common injury that's often seen in elderly individuals. Over 90% of broken hips are caused by falls, and most of these injuries require hospitalization and surgery, and very few of these patients return to their pre-injury level of activity.

However, more concerning, is that hip fractures in the elderly have been shown to increase the risk of death, and over 20% of these patients die ...

 
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Senior Safety: Easy Fitness Tips to Avoid a Fall

SFL welcomes today's guest blogger, Kathleen Wood, Columbia SC, an NASM certified personal trainer. Her passion is working with and training seniors and fragile clients. Her free weekly newsletter on healthy living is Palmetto Fitness Focus.

Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of seniors (and those who care about seniors) like the word "FALL."

Perhaps it's the knowledge that a fall can end your ability to live alone, or at ...

 
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Worries Take Shape When Hope Falls

Hope is a person. She is my frail mother-in-law, who just turned 70. Not so old, in today's world of super-seniors, but Hope has severe mobility challenges that reach back to when she was an infant, born in a tiny mountain-side village in Greece, a place (at the time) that had yet to meet modern medicine.

Yesterday evening I received a frantic phone call from one of her four sisters, who ...

 
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