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Vision and falls

Posted by lucky8.admin on April 1, 2017

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Fall rates increase with increasing age and account for 87% of injury hospitalizations in 85+ year olds. One major cause of falls is visual impairment. People with visual impairments are more than twice as likely to fall as people without visual impairments. They also have three times the risk of depression and the risk of hip fractures increases eight fold. There are both intrinsic and extrinsic factors that contribute to vision related falls: Intrinsic Factors

Coping with hot weather

Posted by lucky8.admin on April 1, 2017

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Summertime can be very enjoyable with sunny, warm long days however excessive heat can lead to conditions such as heat stress and heat stroke of which people over the age of 65 years are more susceptible As we age our body’s mechanisms to cope with heat alters. Skin becomes thinner with age and we gradually lose the ability to perspire and regulate our body temperature. Older people therefore tend to overdress as they don’t feel