As we age, ice-covered sidewalks and driveways are especially dangerous. Learn why you should seek help, or at least plan ahead to ensure you’re safe out there.
Older adults who fall and fracture their hip have a 25 percent to 30 percent chance of dying after one year. Falls are the most common reason for nursing home placement.
There’s mounting evidence that being active as you age has health benefits. A new study shows older people may preserve their mobility and brain function by having a more active lifestyle. Stay active for brain health “Use it, or lose it,” geriatric specialist Ronan Factora, MD says. “The more activity you do, the better off your brain function.” Researchers from Rush … Read More
Worried whether your elderly parent should be driving anymore? Our expert weighs in on how to have them evaluated.
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Elderly women may spend as much as two-thirds of their waking hours in sedentary behavior, a new Harvard study has found. But an expert says the findings still show an opportunity for even sedentary older people to exercise and stay healthier. Ronan Factora, MD, did not take part in the study but is a geriatrician … Read More
A growing number of elderly people are falling and suffering traumatic brain injuries as a result, a new study says. Alarming rise in number of traumatic brain injuries Researchers at the Injury and Osteoporosis Research Center followed a group of Finnish people over 40 years. They found the number of older Finnish adults with a … Read More
For seniors, even a small amount of exercise can have health benefits. And if you’re already healthy, staying active in your golden years helps you build extra muscle reserve and flexibility to recover more quickly if you do get sick. Exercise is not only for your body, says Ronan Factora, MD, who specializes in geriatrics. … Read More
Icy sidewalks. Slippery driveways. Boots that bring melting snow onto floors. These all can cause falls. These are minor hazards for most of us, but for an elderly person, they can be devastating. A spill that gives a 20-year-old a bruised knee could send an elderly person to the hospital. “If you are over the … Read More
When are your parents too old to drive? If you’re worried, our expert explains what factors you should consider and how to get them evaluated.
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