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Falls Are Serious and Costly for Seniors

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2004 - 2013, United States Unintentional Fall Death Rates per 100,000 All Races, Both Sexes, Ages 65+  Source: www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars 2004: 41.15, 2005: 43.12, 2006: 44.8, 2007: 48.47, 2008: 50.91, 2009: 51.54, 2010: 53.76, 2011: 55.36, 2012: 56.07, 2013: 56.96

My wife’s friend fell in her apartment and couldn’t get up or reach her phone. Two days later, her friend realized that something was amiss and called the Emergency Services, who had to get in through the third floor window to rescue her. She was hospitalized for ten days, and the doctor said that one more day would have killed her.

My wife fell on the curb on her way to Aqua Fit.  She couldn’t get up! She didn’t have her phone with her. She had to wait until a caring passing motorist and his wife stopped and helped her.

  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
  • Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
  • Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
  • Each year at least 250,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $34 billion annually. 

What Can Happen After a Fall?

Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of five falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own.

  • Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures.
  • Falls can cause head injuries. These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medicines (like blood thinners). An older person who falls and hits their head should see their doctor right away to make sure they don’t have a brain injury.
  • Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.

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How to Prevent Dementia

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“Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk,” BBC News reports. A major review by The Lancet has identified nine potentially modifiable risk factors linked to dementia.

The risk factors were:

  • low levels of education
  • midlife hearing loss
  • physical inactivity
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • type 2 diabetes
  • obesity
  • smoking
  • depression
  • social isolation

One in three cases of dementia could be prevented by tackling risk factors such as education and depression, a large new international review estimates.

Here are some ways to prevent dementia. Ideally, we should start in our forties already, but it’s never too late to start.

  1. Give Your Brain a Workout Every Day.

Do puzzles, read, learn new skills, play cards, learn a new language. Learn to play a musical instrument, learn to play chess.

2. Take Care of Your Health.

Get a physical checkup. Lose weight. STOP SMOKING. Don’t drink alcohol. Eat healthy food. Your doctor can advise you on these things, too. Associate with health-conscious people. Build muscle to pump up your brain. Cut down on sugar. Enjoy daily cups of tea: Regular consumption of tea may enhance memory and mental alertness and slow brain aging.

3. Stay Active Physically.

We need regular exercise – 40 minutes a day, six days a week. Walking, riding a bike, dancing, swimming, running. Sit less – move more.

4. Sleep enough.

Enough sleep is essential for a healthy brain.

5. Reduce Stress.

Prayer and other spiritual activities, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises.

6. Balance and Coordination Exercises.

Dancing, yoga, Tai Chi, balance balls.

7. Stay Active Socially.

Don’t be isolated – join a club or a church or volunteer and mix with other people regularly. Get to know your neighbors, go outside. Make a weekly date with friends, reach out over the phone or email.

8. Live a Purposeful Life

Rush University Medical Center revealed a noteworthy connection between a person’s sense of purpose and dementia risk. Participants who reported the highest scores on the life purpose test were 2.4 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to people with the lowest scores. Living a life full of purpose included things like feeling good about past accomplishments and hope for the future.

~ Robin Elliott

Dump Granny – Desert Dad – a Solution

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The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential reveals, when discussing the subject of the “Dump Grannies” and “Inert Deserted Parents,” that “there is an increasing frequency of dependent elderly people being left at hospitals, day centers, and nursing homes by relatives unwilling or unable to attend to their needs. Elderly people with financial means and their mental faculties intact usually have better choice and stability about their situation. The abandoned poor, infirm or senile may spend their last days as transients moved from one overcrowded government facility to another.

I have spent 31 years specializing in the business applications of Collaboration and Leverage. As a Senior myself, I can see how we can utilize these powerful concepts to support, empower, and assist our fellow Seniors when resources are in short supply and some of us no longer have the capacity we once had.

For example, I teach business owners, that every resource you need is already available through someone else, and that we all have something to offer in return. An elderly lady in England invited a young lady to share her home for companionship and help – a win/win situation – collaboration at its best. Some churches look after their elderly congregants as well.

Teaming up with others of the same age and younger, building strong, reciprocal friendships while you are able, and building a solid support group pays off. You have to reach out – be a friend to have a friend. Be proactive; “dig the well before you thirst.”

Seniors selling up to move in with their kids, who are happy to have a babysitter for their offspring in the short term, is seldom a good idea, since the kids you’ve been looking after will soon grow up, and son Bobby’s new wife may want to rent out your room, plus you may become a “burden” to them in your dotage. Think carefully before giving away your security, friends, and independence.

Robin Elliott

Dementia – An Escalating Crisis that Will Overwhelm Healthcare

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“None of us wants to be reminded that dementia is random, relentless, and frighteningly common.” ~ Laurie Graham

Terry Pratchett wrote, “The baby boomers are getting older, and will stay older for longer. And they will run right into the dementia firing range. How will a society cope? Especially a society that can’t so readily rely on those stable family relationships that traditionally provided the backbone of care?” Not only the Dementia victims suffer – many of their extended family and friends, and especially those providing care for them, suffer too.

This article from The Times tells us that The World Health Organisation has warned that, within a generation, Dementia cases will triple around the world, and just caring for people with dementia will cost $2 trillion in ten years, which is double today’s figure, threatening to “overwhelm health and social services”.

The WHO is now urging governments to wake up to the threat posed by the incurable condition as the global population age since it estimates that today’s 50 million dementia sufferers will reach a staggering 152 million by 2050. 

But how does that affect Caregivers, who are often the often the adult children, of Dementia sufferers now? How can IPS Safety Inc. help relieve the amount of stress the Caregivers suffer? How can we save them time and money, and increase their peace of mind, while at the same time improving the safety and quality of life of the Dementia sufferers? 

Our two-way sound, night vision, plug-and-play cameras can be taken out of the box and set up in minutes by a Caregiver, and if they have questions, they can call our office and we will walk them through it. We even have a hidden camera to reveal elder abuse. And our tracking/fall device/SOS device is portable, waterproof, and has two-way sound, like a phone! Our vanguard product is our Trike Transporter: Seniors love this exception, safe, and affordable way to enjoy a bike ride and relive happy memories.

Robin Elliott    IPS Safety Inc.

Handcuffed and Jailed at 93 Years Old for Running Out of Money

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93 Year old booted out of Retirement Home

See the article and disturbing videos here.

Richard Armande Mills (RAM) tweeted:  I really hate that our country doesn’t take better care of its elderly. The woman is 93. What is she supposed to do, reenter the workforce? And did law enforcement really have to use handcuffs? Appalling on so many levels.

To which Stefan Molyneux, a very wise man and usually extremely accurate in his reporting, responded: You need to make a near endless amount of life mistakes to end up broke and alone at 93 years old. Make your decisions wisely because nobody is coming to save you.

A multitude of unfortunate and often unforeseen things can happen to Seniors that are beyond our control, chief of which is medical expenses and medicines. In Canada, dental is not covered by our “free” medical services, and many Seniors trek down to Mexico to save money. Deaths of spouses, illness, increased costs of living, pensions no longer sufficient, nursing homes that raise prices beyond our reach, and more.

US and Canadian Governments need to look after this huge, fast-growing demographic instead of their narcissistic focus on pleasing voters and keeping their jobs. Bullyboy policemen dressed up as shock troops should be restrained from handling Seniors like tough street thugs. Provision needs to be made for the medicine, decent accommodation, and care of Seniors.

Every ten minutes a Senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementia in Canada alone. This needs to be taken into account, as well as the fact that the elderly cannot be judged by the same measure as common criminals and healthy, strong young people.

Robin Elliott

Solution to Boredom for Elderly in Nursing Homes

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A memory that has haunted me for many years is that of Seniors in the Nursing Home where my grandmother lived. Talk about the walking dead! Sitting in wheelchairs, half asleep, waiting. For the dinner bell, or tea, or the phone call that never came, or kids that seldom, if ever, visited… tired of the repeated, predictable activities – depressed by boredom and hearing that yet another patient/inmate/resident had died. It was very saddening.

When my Dad was in a nursing home, I heard more depressing stories of boredom, Seniors feeling out of touch and lonely, neglected, forgotten, abused, intimidated. I witnessed the feelings of hopelessness and misery, gloom, and, yes, sheer, unadulterated boredom.

And then I read about a man who was arranging rides in rickshaws/trishaws/pedicabs for Seniors in nursing homes. His great idea was spreading around the world! As a cyclist myself, what concerned me was the danger to the passengers, who were placed in front of the person pedaling, the difficulty to steer, the limited space, and the high cost of the rickshaws. So my business partner and I went to work and found a way to provide a safer, more affordable version that has more space, is easier to steer, is more comfortable, and affords more protection against the weather.

It took a while to get one, test it, make adjustments and additions, and negotiate the right price from the manufacturers, and now it is finally ready. This is a simple, yet effective way to add to the quality of life and of those who have given so much to us throughout their lives.

Take your loved ones for a ride, offer Seniors and disabled people free rides, use as a taxi service (they charge a dollar a minute in New York City), use in car dealership lots or shopping mall lots, use to promote your service (advertising space sides and back) – the applications are endless and everyone has fun. Once you see the reactions of Seniors, you will be eager to help more of them. And Volunteers love riding the Trike Transporters. See the videos and testimonials below.

“A study examined how nursing home residents spend their day. Twenty-seven residents of a nursing home facility were observed for 13 h each. At 5-min intervals, location, position, mood, and activity were recorded. Residents spent 65% of their time doing little or nothing, and 12% of their time in social activities. They spent the majority of their time in their rooms, sitting and alone. Although this facility has a high standard of care and a creative activities department, residents still spent a great portion of their days inactive, immobile, and alone. This indicates that improvements in programming are still needed. More engaging long-term care facilities may promote and support social interaction and meaningful activity throughout the day.” – D 2002 Elsevier Science Inc.

Nothing lifts the spirits like a good dose of fresh air, the wind in your hair, happy companions enjoying it with you – a fun ride in the back of a trike.

Robin Elliott     IPSsafety.com

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Solution Coming for Seniors in Nursing Homes

 

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More than two in five seniors living in Long Term Care facilities are diagnosed with or have symptoms of depression (CIHI, 2010). One of the factors contributing to depression and often the resulting suicide of many Seniors is cited as being social isolation and loneliness. Boredom is another factor.

Based on in-depth interviews with 65 older nursing home residents, a study by Namkee G. Choi, Sandy Ransom & Richard J. Wyllie study examined the residents’ own understanding and perceptions of depressive symptoms, causes of their depression, their self-reported coping strategies, and their preferences for acceptable depression interventions. About half (n = 32) of all interviewees stated that they were either feeling depressed or experiencing negative effects.

The major themes related to the causes of their depression were:

  • loss of independence,
  • freedom and continuity with their past life;
  • feelings of social isolation and loneliness;
  • lack of privacy and frustration at the inconvenience of having a roommate and sharing a bathroom;
  • loss of autonomy due to the institutional regimen and regulations;
  • ambivalence toward cognitively impaired residents;
  • ever-present death and grief;
  • staff turnover and shortage; and
  • stale programming and lack of meaningful in-house activities.

Self-reported coping mechanisms included religion and stoicism, a sense of reality, positive attitude and family support.

In regard to depression treatment, the interviewees appeared to prefer nursing home programs that reduce their isolation over group or individual psychotherapy.

IPS Safety Inc. has heard the cry for help, and we have been examining some of the most effective strategies for reducing their isolation, as well as the isolation of the majority of Seniors (95%) who do not live in nursing homes/Long Term Care facilities. Whereas all our products go a long way to providing more contact with others and especially Caregivers, as well as security for Seniors and peace of mind and savings for their Caregivers, we will soon reveal our latest, additional solution.

Robin Elliott   IPSsafety.com