Our team of citizen analysts and clinicians is assembling the best insights we can find on a series of important topics relating to aging. Because we want to take charge of our own destiny, and not wait for events to overtake us.
Fall proofing ME: What Can I Do?
The media is awash with stories about older adults falling and hurting themselves, and these reports usually mention that one in three of those over 65 will fall each year. This article is about what you can do to make falls less likely.
I've fallen. Now how do I get up?
Falls are a major problem for seniors who want to “Age in Place”. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for a senior to fall and be unable to get up afterwards due to a variety of underlying physical problems - even if no serious injury was sustained during the fall. While lots is written about calling emergency services, I thought it would be helpful to focus instead on simple techniques to help yourself. This article is about "how to get up".
The Best Fall Prevention Program
Concerned about Falls? This article is designed to help you decide which (if any) is the best Fall Prevention Program for you. And to help you choose between the Fall Prevention programs available in your town, state and country.
Fall proofing your house: a checklist
For the older adult worried about falls, one of the most important tasks is to "fall-proof" your house. There are numerous services you can retain to help with this. But how do you know they have done the right things? And, if you are the friend or family of an older adult, how can you do a "check" to make sure the house of the person you care for is relatively well "fall-proofed"? Here is a useful checklist developed by the Executive Director of Marin Villages.
Fall Prevention Exercises for Seniors
We look at different options for the fall prevention exercises component of a fall prevention program, and how to decide which "exercises for seniors" program would work best to reduce your fall risk, in this second part of our work on choosing the right fall prevention program.
Am I at Risk for Falls?
How do I determine my personal degree of "risk for falls"? Should I worry about falls at all? Do I need to use a cane or a walker? How would I know? We all face these questions as we age.
Prevent Falls; Help Someone Up after Falling.
I wanted to find good videos on the web about getting up after falling, and more importantly, about how to prevent a fall in the first place. Here is what I found. Some of them look very useful.
While there is no shortage of information to be had for free on the internet, it is actually quite hard to sift the wheat from the chaff and find the best available insights on a topic. We have started a series of Curated Insight projects, in which we attempt to do just that.
For our first series on Fall Avoidance, we put together a team of citizen analysts, and clinicians to scour the web for the best available tips and solutions. It turned out to be a lot of work. You can see the results on this page.
This section of the Tech-enhanced Life website is the place to come when you think "Gosh, I hope that doesn't happen to me. What can I do to make that less likely?"
We plan a series of these projects on different themes, all of which are important for the well being of people as they age, have a lot of information available, but lack a central repository of carefully curated insights.
Return to this page in the future to follow the work of our team, and benefit from their research.