Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brains of older adults benefit from regular exercise, studies show

Two studies show regular exercise can help boost brain function in older adults.
University of Montreal researchers have found older adults who do aerobic fitness also perform better on cognitive tests. The more active they are, the better they do.
They said the exercise benefits the aorta, the main vessel coming out of the heart.
"We found that older adults whose aortas were in a better condition and who had greater aerobic fitness performed better on a cognitive test," researcher Claudine Gauthier said in a release.
The study was published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.
This study follows one last week from the University of Illinois that found older adults who do hatha yoga three times a week experience a boost in working memory. The participants were able to perform memory tasks "quickly and accurately, without getting distracted," the researchers said.
The finders were published in The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Mark your calendars! In 2014, Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on Sept. 23.  American Custom Publishing is adding the observance to all of its senior-supported organization calendars. This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness and prevent falls.

Tools and Activities

Download and share Take Control of Your Health: 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall, a new infographic.

Watch the webinar Falls Prevention Awareness Day: New Resources and New Partnerships to listen as panel of researchers, educators, and program leaders from across the country share their innovative partnerships to promote falls prevention awareness and discover new resources that you can use to spread the word.

- See more at: http://NCOA website

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Many meds taken by seniors can raise risk of falls

From: Reuters

Half of the 20 most commonly prescribed medications taken by older adults may raise the risk of falls, according to new research.
Painkillers and antidepressants were most strongly tied to a greater likelihood of being injured in a fall, the study of 64,000 Swedes over age 65 found. Severe injuries were significantly more common with 11 out of the 20 medications studied.
“Medications that affect the central nervous system; hypnotics, sedatives, analgesics and antidepressants,” were of particular concern, said Jette Moller from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, the study’s senior author.
Some of the added risk may stem from the conditions the drugs are prescribed to treat, researchers note. But given the large and growing population of seniors, the study team says links between the drugs and fall injuries should be taken into account when doctors prescribe these popular medications.

Monday, August 4, 2014

NCOA webinar: Implementing Effective Falls Prevention Programs in Your Community: Reaching New Audiences

Thursday, August 21, 2014; 11:30 to 1:00 p.m

Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2014 is Sept. 23, and this year’s theme is Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow. Join us to discover how to use this national event to launch a more comprehensive approach to falls prevention programming in your community—and reach new audiences of older adults.


· What’s new in falls prevention programming and what’s working in communities nationwide
· How organizations are integrating falls prevention programming into their other offerings
· Tested strategies to recruit older adult participants, including those from hard-to-reach populations
· Exciting new initiatives that partner with emergency medical services, community health workers and others

Participants are guaranteed to come away with new insights and ideas!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Rate of Nonfatal Fall Injuries Receiving Medical Attention,* by Age Group

The figure shows the rate of nonfatal fall injuries receiving medical attention, by age group, in the United States during 2012. In 2012, the U.S. rate of nonfatal fall injuries receiving medical attention was 43 per 1,000 population. Rates increased with age for adults aged ≥18 years. Adults aged 18-44 years had the lowest rate of falls (22 per 1,000), and the rate for those aged ≥75 years was higher (121 per 1,000) than for all other age groups.
* Annualized rate per 1,000 population for fall injury episodes for which a health-care professional was contacted either in person or by telephone for advice or treatment.
Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the noninstitutionalized civilian population.
§ 95% confidence interval.
In 2012, the U.S. rate of nonfatal fall injuries receiving medical attention was 43 per 1,000 population. Rates increased with age for adults aged ≥18 years. Adults aged 18–44 years had the lowest rate of falls (22 per 1,000), and the rate for those aged ≥75 years was higher (121 per 1,000) than for all other age groups.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Falls research published in Preventive Medicine

Congratulations to Sallie Thoreson from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment!  The manuscript Church-based social marketing to motivate older adults to take balance classes for fall prevention was just published in Preventive Medicine. Check it out! It can be accessed for free until September 12, 2014.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Please join us for for next meeting of the

Older Adult Fall Prevention Journal Club.

July 30 from 11 - Noon

This is a reschedule of the July 23 Journal Club meeting.
Please call in to 712-432-0220 Pin: 2589.

The article is about an evaluation of N'Balance, a fall prevention program developed in Colorado. Chris Katzenmeyer of Consortium for Older Adult Wellness will facilitate the discussion. This will be a great opportunity to talk aobut how to chose an evidence-based fall preveniton program.  
You can find out more about the article on the Journal Club tab. 

 Our purpose for the Journal Club is to examine articles to see how the information might be applied to our work in older adult fall prevention and to increase our knowledge of evidence-based fall prevention practices.

The Journal Club meets monthly. Your are encouraged to attend any or all sessions.  We usually meet the 4th Wed of each month from 11am-Noon. 
For more details, click the Journal Club tab.