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Fall Risk Assessment to Keep Your Senior Independent

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 24, 2015

According to the CDC senior falls are devastating, deadly, costly and preventable. Therefore, to maintain health and independence of your senior loved one, it is important to conduct a fall risk assessment. Here are rather important things to know when you are considering potential fall risks in any environment.

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Essential Medical Evaluations After a Fall

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 24, 2015

After a loved one falls, ensure they are thoroughly checked out by a doctor or healthcare professional, even if there are no visible injuries. Not only is it important to determine the reason she fell, but it is also crucial to ensure there are no hidden injuries resulting from the fall. Here are the top 5 things a doctor should check after an elderly fall:

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Margaret Atwood: Author and Activist

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 24, 2015

One of the more interesting quotes to come from the great mind of Margaret Atwood is that "another belief of [hers] is that everyone else [her] age is an adult, whereas [she is] merely in disguise."  Though she holds on to a youthful disposition as she approaches the age of 76, Atwood, the award-winning Canadian novelist, poet, and environmental activist, is a voice of her generation.

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Patience is a Must for Seniors and Hip Fracture Recovery

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 18, 2015

A hip fracture is one of the most common injuries caused by falls for seniors. Hip fractures, in most cases, require surgery, after which there is a lengthy recovery period. Hip fracture recovery for seniors is a process that is often arduous as well as dangerous, and there are several things that are good to know as a patient as well as a caregiver. 

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Judith Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Modern Voice for Equality

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 17, 2015
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Tackling the Thanksgiving Shopping List for Seniors

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 11, 2015

The run to the grocery store for all the ingredients to put together Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most time-consuming grocery shopping trips of the year. For many seniors, it's also the most stressful. They're going to be on their feet longer, pushing a heavier shopping cart, and dealing with more bags than usual. That turkey isn't light, either! Thankfully, there are several solutions to help seniors tackle their Thanksgiving grocery list.

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Guide to Selecting the Proper Footwear for Senior Fall Prevention

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 10, 2015

Although falls are common among seniors, they're still very serious. Harvard Health Publications reports an estimated 18,000 older Americans die annually from falls sustained during a fall. When a senior falls, medical experts recommend changing the footwear as part of a fall-prevent plan. Certain shoes pose a greater fall risk than others. For example, heels, flip-flops and shoes with a leather or slippery sole can lead to tripping and stumbling. Here's a guide to the proper footwear for senior fall prevention:

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Common Vision Problems that Cause Senior Falls and How to Treat Them

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 10, 2015

Many of us, as we grow older, become the principal caregiver for an aging parent. While this is a natural and appropriate development, it can still be a source of stress, especially when accidents occur. Falling, one of the most common issues with the elderly, are dangerous and can result in broken bones or worse. There are steps, however, which can be taken to prevent injury due to a fall. Learn about some of these steps below!

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Tenacity in the World of Fashion: Vogue Icon Anna Wintour

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 10, 2015

Anna Wintour is, simply put, a force in the world of fashion. Well known as the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and for her iconic pageboy haircut, big sunglasses, and chilly demeanor, Wintour is an inspiring senior who will not settle for second best and who knows how to get things done.

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Great Fall Prevention Exercises for Seniors

Posted by Vee Cecil on November 6, 2015

Senior woman doing tai chi outdoors

AARP surveyed people who were 50 years of age and older about their preferred future living accommodations. Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed responded that they wanted to “remain in their home indefinitely as they age.” But in order to age in place, seniors must be able to safely get around their homes. For those aging adults who are hoping to stay in their homes as they age, getting regular exercise is essential. Here are a few specific exercises that develop strength and balance, and in turn, help prevent falls:

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The Importance of Medication Management to Prevent Falls

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 4, 2015

If your loved one has been more off-balance than usual lately, you might discover a surprising culprit: their medication. While doctors typically try to manage medications in order to reduce side effects, sometimes, a specific patient may experience more severe side effects than the typical person. Other times, a combination of medications can be to blame. Whether balance issues are connected to sensitivity to a medication or combining medications, take care not to underestimate the importance of medication management as a means to help reduce the risk of a fall.

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Alton Brown—An Inspiring Celebrity Chef

Posted by Ruby Cemental on November 3, 2015

Alton Brown is an American television personality and celebrity chef best known for his appearances on the Food Network. If you're a fan of food, you've probably heard of Alton Brown. He's hosted various shows, including the hit show Good Eats. Alton Brown is truly an inspiration. The New York Times refers to him as an "intermittently charming food guru." 

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