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

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: 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...



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.



Seeking information on Balance and Falls

A member of the group expresses dissatisfaction with the resources he can find to cast light on the relationship of balance to avoidance of falls. In the near future a curated resource on the topic of falls and fall avoidance will start appearing on this website.



Squishy carpets, falls, padding

This group had a conversation about several suboptimal interior design details. The topics included squishy carpet underlay, and why that is a bad idea for older adults, padding for falls, and the use of foam padding to compensate for poor design details, like sharp pointed edges on the glass door of the shower.



Adapting to Mobility Limitations

Here is an interesting story about a man living with Parkinson's disease. Diane Loeb, LCSW, describes the ingenious method that one of her more creative clients devised to safely navigate throughout his home, preventing falls.



Emergency Response Pendants Need to be Mobile

Emergency response pendants are ubiquitous in communities of older adults. There is a school of thought that says they don't need to function beyond the confines of the community. This discussion group disagrees strongly. Do they need to be mobile? Heck yes!



Better lighting important for older adults

Good lighting is vital in areas where older adults live or spend time. Hear this topic discussed further by members of this Longevity Collective Circle.



My shoe soles seem to "stick", perhaps causing a fall

I am not sure if this issue arises from a flaw in my shoes or a flaw in the way I walk, but I have noticed that sometimes the bottom of my shoe (the sole) seems to "stick" when I walk, potentially causing me to trip. Do others have this problem?



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.



Innovating to Make Falls Less Problematic

At the last Aging in Place Meetup (Oct. 22, 2014) Phil Marechal of Home Instead talked about "Seeking a Cure for Falls" You can read about it and listen to the talk below.



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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