Doctor recommends medical alert system to keep senior safe

Lisa Wurth

November 30, 2010

One caregiver recently wrote to The Independent asking what she could do to help ensure that her mother, who is 81, wouldn't fall again.

"She had a very bad fall last Christmas and really hurt herself. She still thinks she's 50 even though she's now 81. What can I do to make sure it doesn't happen again?" she asked.

Dr. Dan Ryan replied that the two important factors in preventing future falls are strengthening physique and reducing the clutter and other environmental hazards in a home.

Additionally, encouraging a senior to take pilates or yoga classes can help them stay social and enhance their balance and strength. Ryan also states that some studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D are linked to falls, so supplements may also be beneficial.

Repeated falls can be a dangerous pattern and Ryan advised that the caretaker also make use of a medical alert system in her mother's home.

This device can be used by a senior to immediately send a medical alert to doctors in the case of an emergency. If an older adult suffers an injury or health condition, this can guarantee that they receive the aid they need.

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