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Falls and Fractures

Improve Balance and Prevent Falls

How Tai Chi and other balance-focused exercises can help restore mobility

May 15, 2014

Improve Balance and Prevent Falls

Life is a continual balancing act. When we’re young, it may seem as though we’re able to take on everyday activities with ease. But, as we grow older, our senses and ability to efficiently perform multiple tasks at the same time start to slowly deteriorate. Even the simplest of simultaneous activities, such as walking and talking, can disrupt our balance and put us at risk for a serious fall-related injury.

Fall Statistics for Seniors

January 16, 2014

Fall Statistics for Seniors

If you ask older adults, “What are your biggest fears?” many will tell you they have a fear of falling. Some have already fallen, while others have witnessed a friend or family member suffer a fall and its painful or sometimes life-threatening consequences.

Are Nursing Home Bed Alarms Effective?

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Finds Better Way to Prevent Falls

December 26, 2013

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Finds Better Way to Prevent Falls

When residents come to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, they are here because they need round-the-clock care, often including regular medical attention. But, this is still where they live, and we are always trying to find ways to make our residents feel at home. This often means finding a balance between creating a home-like environment, and making sure that our residents are safe.

How Often Should You Have a Bone Density Test?

Research reveals that four-year repeat of bone density test in seniors offers limited value

October 29, 2013

How Often Should You Have a Bone Density Test?

Physicians rely on bone mineral density testing as an important tool in assessing the risks for, and management of, the bone disease called osteoporosis. Although there are no guidelines for the frequency of repeating bone density tests, Medicare pays for screening every two years —without limiting the number of repeat tests, and regardless of the results of the patient's initial (or baseline) bone density scan.

Hip Fractures in Seniors

Get Hip to Preventing Hip Fractures

January 31, 2013

hip fractures in seniors

Falls can be scary business, especially when you consider the following statistics; each year, more than one-third of Americans over the age of 65 suffer a fall, resulting in roughly 13,700 deaths. Falls can also result in hip fractures– a common injury when you are older and one that usually requires surgical repair, replacement and intensive physical therapy.

Fall Prevention during Winter Months

November 20, 2012

fall prevention

Let’s face it – winters can be tough. Months of frigid temperatures and heavy snow fall can make daily life difficult and isolation at home even more common for seniors. You can, however, safely maneuver through winter weather by realizing the high risk for falls during icy and snowy conditions and taking proper precautions.

The future of osteoporosis care: are personalized treatments next?

Latest osteoporosis research could lead to better treatment, outcomes

July 24, 2012

Osteoporosis care

There are plenty of genetic traits that we can thank our parents for—could weak bones be one of them?

My fellow researchers at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife (IFAR) believe they’ve discovered links between 56 different genetics variants and subsequent bone loss.

After examining a wide scope of osteoporosis studies as part of the largest analysis of genome-studies ever conducted, our researchers were able to pinpoint 56 different genetic variants that negatively affect bone mineral density (BMD).

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