Research has shown that the most successful fall prevention programs focus on the conditions of the individual, the conditions of the environment, and the interaction between the two. There are a lot of opportunities in the design of the home, spanning from simple safety measures to remodeling, so that seniors can enjoy their days without exerting a lot of mental energy on fall prevention.
The majority of cancer incidence and mortality occurs in individuals aged older than 65 years, and the number of older adults with cancer is projected to significantly increase secondary to the aging of the US population. As such, understanding the changes accompanying age in the context of the cancer patient is of critical importance.
Hosted by iDAPT, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN, this 2-day international conference (June 15-16) will highlight the latest in slips, trips and falls research and products. Presentations, workshops and panel discussions will include topics such as slip resistance evaluation, flooring and material development, and the design of stairs, handrails, ramps, bathtubs, sidewalks, and other environmental features. Register here.
June 19-22 - ICVR is an international conference that provides an overview of novel technological and clinical developments in the field of virtual reality and augmented reality applied to rehabilitation. The conference will be held in Montreal at the New Residence Hall, close to McGill University and many hotels. Workshops will take place on June 19th, followed by the scientific conference between June 20th and 22nd. Participants are invited to attend both the workshop and conference. Register here.
This article provides a narrative review of current understanding of the definitions and distinguishing characteristics of each of these conditions, including their clinical relevance and distinct prevention and therapeutic issues, and how they are related. The authors goal was to provide a basis for distinguishing between these three important clinical conditions in older adults and showing how use of separate, distinct definitions of each can improve our understanding of the problems affecting older patients and lead to development of improved strategies for diagnosis, care, research, and medical education in this area. 9 pages. Last reviewed April 2017.
This webinar focused on how malnutrition and frailty are associated and impact function and the risk for falls. Nutrition risk screening was discussed as a way forward for the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition and falls.
To maximize safety for seniors at home, we must ensure a long list of conditions are met in each room: you need to optimize lighting, minimize clutter, use safe furniture, ensure you have a reliable monitoring and alert system in place, and make it easy for them to get help fast, if needed.