How it has come to light, and been treated to a production every bit as ham-fisted as the writing deserves, are mysteries beyond ordinary human ken. As a widowed father, mental health casualty and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist called Jake Davis, he barely convinces you his name is Jake Davis. His bookshop recital from this magnum opus is pure catnip for bad film connoisseurs.
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She would like to keep her father from falling. What should Wendy do? As I mentioned earlier, the usual recommendations to lower fall risk are a good place to start. So Wendy could encourage her father to remain physically active, and she might want to take a closer look at the house to remove common trip hazards.
She might also want to help him get evaluated for vision problems and for low leg strength, since these are common fall risk factors among people Mr. But if Wendy wants to personalize the fall prevention plan, she should also consider asking the doctor to help make a list of Mr. Remember, older adults usually fall because a multiple risk factors make them vulnerable to falling, and b a stumble or moment of weakness triggers the actual fall.
Most fall risk factors are health-based, and are related to chronic medical conditions or medications. And then some fall risk factors are environmental, and involve the home or outside environment. You can definitely reduce fall risk by encouraging strength and balance exercises, and by optimizing the home environment. Blood thinners sometimes cause anemia low red blood cell count , because they can make people prone to have small — or occasionally bigger — bleeds in their stomach or bowels.
Anemia can cause people to feel weak or dizzy, and can increase fall risk. Blood thinners also increase the risk of injury — such as bleeding in or around the brain — in the event of a bad fall. The risk of bleeding AFTER a fall is the main reason clinicians sometimes hesitate to prescibe or continue blood thinners in an older adult who is at high risk for falls.
My mom 86 is on warfarin blood thinner. She has very bad Arthritis bone on bone and sometimes the knee gets locked and she falls latelyit has been more often. Can you please let me know what I should do to prevent the falls. For any older person having falls, I recommend a comprehensive evaluation for triggers, causes, and contributing risk factors.
There are covered in detail in our Fall Prevention Mini-Course. Good luck! She was put on mcg sublingual b12 and it has made a remarkabke difference in her balance! A simple fix for a serious issue in her case. I was amazed to read what bad symptoms a b12 deficiency could cause in the elderly.
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I had no idea! B12 deficiency is indeed very common in older adults, and can be associated with nerve and balance problems. I am having too many falls, and weakness in mornings. I have gone through much therapy. Recurrent falls are tough. It is often possible to identify several contributing factors and work to reduce them, but it can take some effort.
Thx for the great information.
I recently read an article in our local newspaper which talked about falling. The physio who was quoted said there is a lot of information on fall prevention but not much on how to fall safely. Because falls do happen. But if you come across any good information on this topic, let us know!
However, as far as I know, no one has successfully proven that one can reduce falls by teaching older adults how to fall. Increasing leg strength and balance through specific exercises has been proven to reduce falls, and such exercises are also associated with reduced injury from falls. The drug element is very interesting. Her daughter lives about 45 mins drive away.
Older people need neighbours to have keys.. Good point re the key! One good option is for the older adult or family to place an extra key in a lockbox outside. Trusted people can be given the code to the lockbox, and then can open the door if needed during an emergency. There is a new invention called Hip to Hope which is designed to help geriatrics with falling and breaking their hips.
It acts as a way to prevent damage once the person is falling.
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Yes, I have come across similar innovations. If an older adult is willing to wear such a device then it might reduce hip fractures. But historically older adults have been reluctant to wear such protective equipment. There are other ways to reduce fractures and injuries in the event of a fall. I am 86 years old and in good health except for a pacemaker implanted 3 years ago.
No problems there. I drive, travel. Shop, everything. I fell Wednesday when simply stepping up a curb and fell again last night in my home while walking slowly on a carpet. I am checking all of my prescriptions and will notify my doctor who was a pharmacist prior to becoming a doctor tomorrow. Your information is very helpful. Thank you. However, I would also encourage you to work with your doctor on checking for other problems that might be causing falls, or increasing your vulnerability to falls.
I would certainly recommend you work closely with clinicians to make sure your neuropathy has been carefully evaluated and that everything is being done to try to improve it. If you are extremely unsteady, you might also ask the doctor or the physical therapist to discuss the possibility of a mobility aid. I have fairly low blood pressure and take fludrocortisone to raise it, but none of my trips related to fainting. Or perhaps I multitask thinking about something else while walking even more poorly than I did when I was younger.
Do any of those explanations make sense? If you have not yet talked to your doctor about your falls, I would recommend you do so. I would also recommend a physical therapy evaluation. The explanations you are considering for yourself are plausible. Improving your balance and lower leg strength through certain exercises might help.
I am 65 and work full time. I go to the gym three to four times a week. Sorry to hear of your recent falls. I would recommend a comprehensive evaluation to assess why you might be falling. There is often more than one issue putting an older person at risk for falls. Your health provider can also discuss your gym routine and whether adding different types of exercises might help. At 65 and 2 hip fractures I seem to be starting on this trip we call geriactric and all the things you will need to know to make life some what normal.
I have read all the comments written and sometimes am overwhelmed at all the problems and concerns I need to have. Since I am just starting on this journey I have a lot to think about as well as doing my best to find the correct way to handle the issues I seem to have at this point in my life. Thank you for your support and ways to look at problems in a solving frame of mind. Also…where do I find a geriactric doctor? Yes, unfortunately there can be a lot to do and research and keep track of, to optimize health as one ages. I can certainly see how it would be overwhelming, especially at the beginning, where the more you learn, the more you realize you need to learn.
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A good primary care provider or team can make a big difference. I have suggestions on finding geriatrics care here: How to find geriatric care — or a medication review — near you. Prozac is an antidepressant and Byetta is a diabetes drug. Both these types of medications are associated with increased fall risk, so they should be used judiciously. As far as I know, the research on estrogen maintaining balance or otherwise preventing falls is inconclusive. Estrogen does help maintain bone strength, and so people taking estrogen do have a reduced risk of fractures if they fall.
But estrogen therapy is also associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events, blood clots, breast cancer, and more. So…I would not recommend taking estrogen just to reduce fall risk or fall injury risk, and if you are already on it, I would say the main benefit is probably reduced risk of fracture if you fall. I think I now know why many elderly people fall when moving about. They need to be taught to look down to see where their feet are about to go next. Wonderful that you are doing well at age 90 and walking every day.
My father is 96 and has fallen several times recently while doing yard work, to include a face plant using a leaf blower in a tight space. He fell on the running leafblower. I found him unresponsive. He still drives. He is secretive about his health issues.
He says he falls due to a leg giving out or losing his equilibtium. Should he be driving? Thanks for your help. Oh wow, that is a tough situation. The ideal would be for him to be evaluated, and for him to let a family member accompany him. Particular issues you raise: — Why is he falling? What could be done to reduce or prevent his falls? For this, he needs a good evaluation for falls. Well, you can still call over his objections, you will just have to weigh whether the likely benefits outweigh the stress this puts on your relationship with him he will be mad at you.
An elderlaw attorney would be able to advise you of your options. Although again, you have to consider the impact this could have on your relationship with your dad. Your local Area Agency on Aging can help direct you. Your state may also have a mechanism for you to report a potentially unsafe older driver.
Still another option is to hire a professional to help you talk with your father, such as an aging life care professional formerly known as geriatric care managers , or other expert with experience helping people in your situation. This does cost money, but it can be a very worthwhile investment if you find a good person to work with. She has starting falling occasionally. It is usually related to her not wanting to use her walker.
She also refuses to leave her door open while she is in her room. She has Dementia and advance stage Alzheimer. Short of removing her door or putting cameras in her room, what are my options? She also spends much of her time talking to her dead sister and brother. This can be when behavior is the most difficult to manage, because the person is still physically able to do quite a lot.
Families have used bed alarms and motion sensors. None of these have been rigorously studied to my knowledge. Again, a support group is a good place to get practical suggestions. Otherwise, in terms of reducing fall risk: — antidepressants and antipsychotics both increase fall risk.
You may want to look into whether there might be other ways to manage her difficult behaviors. Sometimes treating pain or constipation helps an older person with dementia become less reactive. Good luck and take care! There are many many reasons that a person can fall. I explain the most common things that doctors check for in this article: 8 Things.
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A careful evaluation can usually determine why the person fell, and what other risk factors they might have for falling. I would highly recommend you have your mother see a health professional for further evaluation. Sounds like you are referring to some of the fall prevention initiatives going on in hospitals. In many hospitals, they have attempted to reduce falls by identifying people at higher fall risk.
If nothing else, when they are in the hospital is when they are sicker and weaker than usual. Thank you very much for your article. It jumps out at me as potentially problematic when I read your article. Thanks so much. Alka-seltzer contains aspirin, so I suppose a heavy Alka Seltzer user would be at risk for side-effects and adverse events associated with aspirin, such as developing bleeding somewhere in the bowel.
This could cause anemia, which can increase fall risk. Alka-seltzer can also interact with a variety of medications, which could be problematic and depending on the interaction, increase fall risk. Really, Alka-seltzer is not meant to be taken more than occasionally, as far as I know, so if you or someone in your family is using it more than occasionally, I would certainly recommend discussing it with your healthcare providers. My mother kept falling over a period of 3 years. The doctor worked on each thing, adjusted BP meds, and she responded well and was only falling once every 3 or 4 months, vice several times a month as in the beginning.
Her doctor asked if it looked like a seizure. Mini-seizures caused by a mini-stroke that damaged part of her brain. Unfortunately, we found this out as she was recovering from a broken hip.
Thank you for sharing your story. Here is a related article Fall related to epileptic seizures in the elderly. I recently started falling. One time was in front of a group of people.
The best advice I received was from someone in the group. My rubber soled shoe had just just scraped the rubber tiled floor when I fell and was thrown forward. This advice has stayed with me and has made a big difference. Thanks for sharing your story. Physical therapists are also able to assess balance and leg strength; many older adults at high risk for falls benefit from doing exercises that improve balance and leg strength. Good luck preventing future falls. My wife is 48 and is getting her second knee replacement soon. She generally walks fine, but twice in the last 6 months, she has stumbled on uneven sidewalks and fallen down.
I would recommend talking to a physical therapist as they have experience doing this and also they will be able to advise you as to how to protect your own body while doing it. I am very healthy; I do have hearing impairment and am deaf in the left ear. I also tend to fall on my left side. I do have good hearing aids and do wear them. Thanks for replying. I appreciate all your advice on aging etc. I think either Tai Chi or yoga could help, but Tai Chi has a more substantial track record in clinical studies, in part because the movements are more standardized whereas there are many different types of yoga.
I would also recommend discussing your recent falls with your health provider, so that they can assess you for issues that might be contributing to your falls. You might also benefit from exercises that strengthen the body, especially the legs. My 69 yr old father has been falling recently from his legs being suddenly weak. The doctor says he may get weaker during hot weather?? Does that make sense? He has diabetes although his levels are where they should be. He has no apparent neuropathy, no nerve damage in his feet or legs. Bloodwork came back fine but he still has falling episodes.
He does have heart disease as well. His heart was checked out and said to be doing well.