The medical journal American Family Physician reports that falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits and the primary cause of accidental deaths in adults ages 65 and older. In fact, according to the National Council on Aging, approximately one in three adults ages 65 and older falls every year. It is no surprise that fall prevention in the elderly has become a priority for most caregivers.
Are you suffering from ongoing joint pain? Do you have joint swelling and/or stiffness, tenderness or pain when touching a joint, problems using or moving a joint normally or warmth and redness in a joint? If you answered yes to some of these questions, you might have some type of arthritis. If any one of these symptoms lasts more than two weeks, see your regular doctor or a rheumatologist. If you have a fever, feel physically ill, suddenly have a swollen joint, or have problems using your joint, see your doctor right away.
Have you noticed that your hearing isn’t quite what it used to be? Are any of the following statements true for you?
- I have trouble hearing over the telephone.
- I find it hard to follow conversations when two or more people are talking.
- I often have to ask people to repeat what they are saying.
- I need to turn the TV volume up so loud that others complain.
- I have a trouble hearing when there is a lot of background noise.
- I think that others seem to mumble a lot.
If you answered yes to one or more of the questions in this list of hearing loss symptoms adapted from the National Institutes of Health, you should see your doctor to discuss your concerns. You may need a hearing aid.
It is often said that home is where the heart is, but how do you decide where home should be as you or your loved ones age and health decline? Whether you are facing the decision personally or helping an aging parent decide where to live out the golden years, there are many factors to consider. This article will review the key issues that must be addressed when making this decision and also look at how to find resources to support your decision.
Helping our elderly live with dignity and familiarity can be difficult at times but technology and the world of hyper-connectedness are definitely making it easier. We hope that our vision will spur the creation of global communities of care not just to support our aging populations but to cater for all care needs.