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Wearable Tech for Fallers

A new wearable device that can detect symptoms that may indicate someone is in danger of becoming a “faller” — someone prone to falling — may be the answer for fall prevention in the elderly, Yanko Design reports. The device would send information to nurses and caregivers, hopefully reducing long-term effects of falls and blackouts.

There is no question that falling is taking a toll on the elderly, from broken bones to brain injuries. In fact, a 2013 report showed that among U.S. adults aged 75 and older, 1 in 45 suffered a brain injury that led to an emergency room visit. This is a 76 percent increase from 2007 — with the primary cause being falls.

Fortunately, if you are among those at risk for falling, regular exercise, protecting your vision health and removing home hazards can significantly reduce your risk of falls. One of the many reasons why exercise is so important for older adults is that doing so can significantly lower your risk of falls and all of the health risks that go along with them. Not only that, if you do fall and you're a regular exerciser, you're less likely to get hurt.

Strength training is also important for older adults, as it helps you maintain healthy bone mass, prevent age-related muscle loss and strengthens your connective tissues, tendons and ligaments, which help hold your body in the upright position. Strength training will allow you to perform everyday activities like climbing stairs and getting out of a chair with greater ease, and with less risk of falling, which can improve your quality of life.
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