Thursday, April 17, 2014

Please join us for for next meeting of the

Older Adult Fall Prevention Journal Club.

April 23, 2014 from 11 - Noon. Please call in to 712-432-0220 Pin: 2589.

 The article is about an evaluation of a Moving for Better Balance program. Brennan Paige, from the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness, will be leading the discussion.
You can access the article and Brennan's review 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 is meeting monthly in 2014. Members many 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. 

Senior Scope: How to prevent broken bones

From:  Northwest Indiana Times

They’re one of the most feared events for an older adult: falls that cause fractures. A broken bone can mean surgery, hospitalization, and certainly pain, but there are ways to lessen the odds of them ever happening.

At the top of the list for three area health professionals is exercise. “Of all the treatments for osteoporosis, the one thing that has been shown to help is weight training, 20 minutes a day,” says Dr. Gregory McComis at North Point Orthopaedics in Dyer and Munster, Ind. Dr. Nancy Trimboli at Trimboli Chiropractic in Munster, Ind., says weight lifting and muscle strengthening exercises can be done several ways. “You can do a class where you’re on the floor and it’s set to music. Tai chi and yoga are excellent for muscle strength and weight bearing exercises.” Dr. Kristine Teodori, gerontologist and staff physician at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, says walking is great exercise. “Ideally if you are capable you can walk in your own neighborhood, with wrist band weights.” If walking is limited, “You can perform exercises in a chair with leg lifts and hand weights.”

Trimboli says diet plays a big role in bone strength. She suggests doubling the amount of fruits and green, leafy vegetables you consume, by adding greens to pastas and spinach in smoothies, for example. Avoid too much sugar and carbonated drinks like pop, Trimboli cautions: The phosphoric acid in soda pop weakens bones by removing mineral from them. And, according to nutritional research, “Acid-blocking drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, and the like inhibit the stomach from absorbing calcium from your food.”

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Surprising Extra Benefits of Exercise for Seniors

From: Caregiver

We’ve all heard about the many benefits of exercise — a healthier heart, stronger bones, improved appearance and flexibility — but exercise has many additional benefits, especially for seniors.

“Many characteristics we associate with older age — like the inability to walk long distances, climb stairs, or carry groceries, are largely due to a lack of physical activity,” explains Dr. John Montgomery, a family physician, medical epidemiologist and vice-president of Senior Care Solutions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida.

However, according to AARP, 40 percent of people between 45 and 64 are considered sedentary. For people over 64, that number jumps to 60 percent.

“Some are worried that exercise will cause illness or injury,” said Montgomery. “Others think exercise means they have to do something strenuous, which they may not be capable of. What they may not realize is that it could be more of a risk not to exercise,” explains Montgomery.

Seniors can benefit tremendously from regular exercise. The Centers for Disease Control reports that seniors have even more to gain than younger people by becoming more active because they are at higher risk for the health problems that physical activity can prevent.

Even moderate physical activity can help seniors to:

Increase mental capacity
Research links physical activity with slower mental decline. Exercise increases blood flow to all parts of your body, including your brain, and might promote cell growth there. Exercise — particularly if it starts early and is maintained over time — is beneficial in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. (Source: Senior

Friday, April 4, 2014

New CDC Research on Older Adult Falls

From:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Circumstances and contributing causes of increasing fall deaths among older adults

From 1999 to 2010, the number of fall deaths among older adults more than doubled. A new CDC analysis of vital statistics data shows that contributing factors to this increase may include changing trends in underlying chronic diseases and better reporting of falls as the underlying cause of death. This study, “Circumstances and Contributing Causes of Fall Deaths among Persons Aged 65 and Older: United States, 2010,” is published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Key findings include:
  • In 2010, 49% of fall deaths involved a head injury and 30% involved a hip fracture.
  • Of the 21,649 fall deaths in 2010, the largest proportion (35%) occurred from falling on the same level, followed by falling on stairs or steps (6.5%). However, information about the circumstances of 40% of the 2010 fall deaths was not available.
  • The most important contributing causes to fall deaths were circulatory diseases, especially hypertension, and respiratory diseases.
  • Circumstances and outcomes of falls among high risk community-dwelling older adults

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Playgrounds are a big hit with Spain's elder set

From:  PRI

It’s spring and kids in some parts of the world at least, are heading outside and playing in parks and on jungle gyms.

In Spain, they’re often with their grandparents. But these days the older folks aren’t just sitting around feeding squirrels.

They’re playing too. And exercising. On hundreds of specially designed outdoor circuits for the elderly.

On one recent morning, in the Spanish coastal town of Vilassar, a kiddy park with its slides and seesaws is empty. But right next to it, 20 retirees shout out during roll call. Then they take up positions by tiny balance beams, elevated walkways, pedals fixed to benches and twisting metal bars.

The day’s workout session begins.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Please join us for the
Older Adult Falls Prevention Journal Club 

Have you ever wondered how they determine if something is evidence-based?
How can I make sense of a journal article?

Well, join your colleagues to discuss pertinent articles in the field of older adult fall prevention. A member of the Club facilitates each session, with the help of a Guest Expert if needed. The purpose is not to do an academic review of the article, but to examine the article to see how the information could be applied to our work in older adult fall prevention and to increase our knowledge of evidence-based fall prevention practices.

The Journal Club is meeting monthly in 2014. Members many attend any or all sessions.  We usually meet the 4th Wed of each month from 11am-Noon. The next two Older Adult Fall Prevention Journal Clubs will be:

April 2, from 1-2 pm (this is a reschedule for the March 26 meeting) Laura Goodwin, from Garfield Co Health Dept will be leading the discussion on a Tai Chi evaluation article. You can access the article, and Laura's review on the Journal Club tab. 

April 23, 2014 from 11 - Noon (our regular schedule) The article is about an evaluation of a Moving for Better Balance program. We are looking for a facilitator for this session.  You can find the article on the Journal Club tab.  

Please call in to 712-432-0220 Pin: 2589.

For access to the articles for 2014, and more details, click the Journal Club tab. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

ASTHO/CDC Webinar: Cognition & Injury Prevention

Monday, March 17
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MT

Pre-registration is required to participate in this webinar. Register at the link above.

In 2010, the total medical cost of fall injuries for people 65 and older, adjusted for inflation, was $30 billion. By 2020, the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries is expected to reach $54.9 billion. The costs of fall injuries increase rapidly with age. The CDC recommends various ways in which older adults can remain independent and reduce their chance of injury by: exercising regularly, asking doctors or pharmacists to review their medicines, and make changes in their homes to increase their mobility and prevent injury.  

CDC's Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map part of CDC's Healthy BrainInitiative outlines how state and local public health agencies and their partners can promote cognitive functioning, address cognitive impairment for individuals living in the community, and help meet the needs of care partners. Specific actions are addressed in four domains: monitor and evaluate; educate and empower the nation; develop policy and mobilize partnerships; and assure a competent workforce.  

This webinar will explore areas for synergy between existing state-based efforts to prevent injury among those with Alzheimer's and other dementia. It will highlight integrated injury prevention initiatives and policies encompassing public awareness and education, partnerships, data and research, and community-based programs.  

This is the second webinar of a Healthy Aging webinar series focusing on strategies and partnerships for improving and sustaining the health of older adults and their communities.