Fall Prevention:  Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

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.

 

 

Hear what Older Adults Think: Fall Prevention

Balance: Staying Stable When Things Are Changing, Dr Brian Hay

Dr. Brian Hay Balance - Staying Stable When Things Are Changing by Longevity Explorers: Recent @ Providence

We may have laughed at the ad, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” but with one third of people over the age of 65 having at least one fall a year, falling is very serious. Jerianne...

 


 

I fall less often thanks to a simple diagnostic test

I used to fall fairly often, including some quite nasty falls. Eventually my primary care doctor sent me to a neurologist who did a rather simple diagnostic test and decided I had a condition called Clonus. This involves some instability of the ankle and once I understood that this was at the root of many of my falling episodes, I was able to adapt my behavior and this made falling much less likely and less serious. I wish I had known to get this test done before.

 


 

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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