Category Archive for: ‘Falls’

Fear of Falling

  By HARLEY A. ROTBART, M.D.   Courtesy of Harley A. Rotbart, M.D.The keeper of the “flog” (fall log) and his subject. My 84-year-old father-in-law is a “flogger.” That’s the moniker his son gave him because Dad keeps a written record of every fall my 83-year-old mother-in-law takes. She has Parkinson’s disease, and the “flog” (fall log) of her spills has …

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Once Just an Aging Sign, Falls Merit Complex Care

November 8, 2008By JOHN LELAND The New York Times MEDFORD, N.J. — Katherine Aliminosa, 93, shattered her lower leg while getting snacks for her nieces. Susan Arnold, 87, broke her hip hanging a photograph. In mid-July, in a nursing unit of a retirement community here, the two women were at the start of a recovery process that both hoped would …

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Brain Injuries From Falls A Deadly Risk For Seniors

Prescribing pain medications for elderly patients is like walking a tight rope. On the one hand, elderly patients are more likely to have pain due to aging and degenerative problems that require meaningful treatments. On the other hand balance and coordination problems coupled with the dizziness side-effect of some medications make the elderly more at risk for falls when taking …

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