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As Fall Prevention Awareness Month comes to a close, hopefully you have gained a little more insight on how to minimize your risk of a fall and what to do if a fall occurs. You now know that falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments and participation in a balance program, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced. The following statistics among adults 65 years and older can be improved as well:
Falling is not an inevitable result of aging
Physical fitness reduces fall risk. The more fit a person is if a fall occurs, the less likely they are to sustain a serious injury. Fitness reduces preventable injuries, loss of independence, costs and deaths associated with falls among seniors and people with disabilities.
At Next Step Senior Care Inc, we have developed a revolutionary training system, our F.I.T. program. F.I.T. stands for Functional Integrative Training. Our system integrates:
Don't wait for a fall to interrupt your life. Prepare now by joining a Fall Prevention or balance program in your community.
For more information, visit our website or call us at 949-573-8504
Click here to request a FREE exercise sheet to improve core strength and balance
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Are you worried about your aging parents and their safety while driving? Have they given up the keys but feel stranded? There is a new service out there that can give Grandma and Grandpa their independence and you peace of mind. Go Go Grandparent utilizes transportation services (such as Uber and Lyft) in all fifty states but has these unique features for seniors:
Wanting to try this out on my own parents, they agreed to be chauffeured to dinner for their 64th wedding anniversary. After setting up the account for my mom and supplying my payment information (no cash is exchanged between the driver and the customer), mom made the phone call from her home telephone. Having set myself up to receive text notifications, I was informed that my mom had called for service. A few minutes later, our driver arrived in the minivan mom requested. Here are the texts I received for the trip back home.
Each driver was polite, spoke English well, and had a clean, comfortable car. In the event that either of my parents need a driver, I will happily use the services of GoGo Grandparent.
Check out their website at gogograndparent.com/
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Grief is a powerful emotion that often comes unexpected but in various forms. You may be responding to the recent update in your disease process, or you grieve because you have a loved one you are losing to a disease process. Perhaps you have lost someone recently, by natural causes or any other way. Whatever the source, whether expected or not, grief may change your life. Learning how to maneuver through it is key to learning how to live with it. Give yourself permission to fully experience these various aspects of grieving.
Abridged from The Grieving Person's Bill of Rights by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, Ft. Collins, CO
If your heart is grieving, please know that you do not need to grieve alone. There are support groups, in your area and online, filled with caring people who will walk through this with you.
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With World Suicide Prevention Day being September 10, 2016, let's take a moment to be aware of the facts, especially as they relate to seniors.
The senior population in the United states has the highest rate of suicide compared to other age groups. The statistics may be even higher due to:
The most common cause for suicide is untreated depression
Americans age 65+ commit suicide at higher rates than any other age group
If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the above, then it's time to speak up. There is no shame in sharing your struggle.