Fall Prevention (p1)

The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.


We started with a very comprehensive curation of material from the web on Fall Prevention. We are now exploring what works and what does not work about existing products people use to help fall-proof their lives.



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Which Fall Prevention Products Do We Use (SFV)?

The explorers at SF Village talk about fall prevention products they use. There is a long list. Then the discussion shiftss to what, if anything, is wrong with these products.



Balance is Key to Physical Health in Seniors

One member was a strong advocate for importance of maintaining physical balance and avoiding falls that can precipitate an inexorable process of physical decline in seniors. He serves on the Fitness Committee at a Senior Living Center and said their main focus was to look for devices to help...



Foot Problems and Footwear?

Explorer Janice seeks referrals to sources of footwear which is friendly to aging feet.



I Need Peripheral Neuropathy Solutions

Explorer Martin explains his concern about lack of relief of his foot neuropathy despite a series of inconvenient and expensive treatments.



Proprioception: Why it Matters

Explorer Judy introduces the group to the word 'proprioception' in the context of maintaining one's balance.



Fall prevention & exercise: perspectives @ SFV

The group answers a series of questions about their concerns regarding falling, and what they are doing for exercise to help prevent falling.



Fall Prevention & Exercise: Perspectives of Older Adults (1)

The group fields a question to start the discussion on excercise, balance, and fall prevention.



Fall-related products we do and don't like

This circle tackles a topic relating to falls, and products that do and do not work.



More Grab Bars, Please

Explorer Shirley starts the discussion with the opinion that her living community needs additional grab bars near all of the toilets in the ladies' rooms.



Explorer's Grab Bar Big Success

Member Shirley recounts the many benefits of adding a grab bar just outside her shower door. Although an impromptu modification, it receives everyday use, providing her stability and safety in the bathroom.



About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Fall Prevention is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Fall Prevention, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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