Elderly Parents Fall Like Crazy (Learn About 5 Odd Solutions!)

 

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Written by Will Blesch, Copyright 2012

Ok, read some interesting stuff that I thought I’d talk about here. And, I found it interesting since I have grandparents that are getting up there in age.

According to the CDC, “Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls.” However, the CDC goes on to say that, less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.

These falls actually can be pretty scary. My grandfather fell and fractured his hip. Not just that, but afterwards for some reason one leg ended up being shorter than the other when it healed. Now, he has to walk with a cane and he had to get a lift to put in one of his shoes.

He has also been noticeably weaker. I think that sucks.

A paper published in the journal, “The Gerontologist,” [1], goes further and states that among older adults (those 65 or older), falls are the leading cause of injury death. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.

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Less Muscle Can Lead to Balance Problems

In 2010, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized! That’s a lot!

So anyway, you know all this got me thinking. For those with elderly parents, or even if you happen to be reading this and you ARE a senior citizen, what sort of solutions are really out there?

There has to be something that can help increase an older person’s physical strength and decrease the likelihood that they’re going to fall and get seriously hurt. Right?

Well, I looked it up on Google, and lo and behold, there’s seriously not that much. There’s recommendations by doctors to increase physical activity.

However, there are a few odd solutions I’m going to bring to your attention.

1. Besides increasing physical activity, there’s also recommendations for helping an elderly person’s physical condition through nutrition management.

Healthy muscular function, coordination and development heavily relies on a good source of proteins in the diet. Individuals who suffer from muscle weakness are recommended to include in their daily diet high protein foods, such as meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, seeds, nuts, legumes, granola, oat flakes and wheat germ.

I am thinking of turning this particular subject into a short series. So, keep your eye out for more info on this subject.

In the meantime, if you are an older person (over 65 years), do yourself a favor and take a look at your eating habits. Increase your protein intake and make a genuine effort to increase your daily physical activity if even just a little.

Over time it could do you a world of good.

Reference:

[1]Hornbrook MC, Stevens VJ, Wingfield DJ, Hollis JF, Greenlick MR, Ory MG. Preventing falls among community–dwelling older persons: results from a randomized trial. The Gerontologist 1994:34(1):16–23.

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