December 19, 2011 @ 6:37 PM
The following is an article found on agingcare.com- an excellent website and resource for family caregivers. Clicking on the anchor (underlined) text in the article below will take you to the agingcare website.
6 Things That Cause the Elderly to Fall
Falls are the leading cause of death, injury and hospital admissions among the elderly population. In fact, one out of every three seniors falls every year. Last year alone, more than 1.6 million seniors were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries.
Several factors contribute to the fact that seniors fall so much more frequently than younger people:
Lack of physical activity.Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle ......
December 17, 2011 @ 4:11 PM
During the Holidays, Be Alert for Depression Among Older Adults
For most, holidays are a time of joy, a time to visit with friends and families and enjoy festive and religious events. However, for some older adults, the fall and winter holidays can be difficult, and some may experience depression.
During the holidays, older adults may feel more acutely the passing of time, the absence of parents, siblings and friends who have died, and the distance of loved ones who have moved away. Traditional holiday reunions and rituals that were observed in the past may not be possible and without them, the holidays may lack meaning.
'While it's normal to feel sad or down in the face of these losses, a long period of feeling blue ......
December 17, 2011 @ 3:47 PM
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