According to the CDC, 33% of seniors fall every year. That equates to over 13 million
Americans. Medical alert services have
historically helped seniors after a fall.
Some of the newer services can even detect when a fall happens. But, what about fall prevention? What can a medical alert service do to
AARP, MayoClinic and the CDC
have released tips to prevent senior falls.
What do all of these entities agree on?
Each lists regular physical
activity as one of the top two tips for fall prevention. Researchers have come to the same
conclusion. According to a 2012 study
published in the European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, “regular
physical activity in daily life yields significant reduction in falls in older
people, especially falls with injuries.”
A properly structured exercise routine based on a doctor’s
recommendation is great for seniors to maintain balance, strength and
mobility. Tai Chi in particular has
shown to be effective in preventing falls.
However, as the study mentioned above suggests, simply finding more
opportunities in everyday life for physical activity (e.g. going for walks in
the neighborhood, moving around the house, etc.) can be a great fall prevention
strategy for some seniors.
Those that study falls point to increased sedentary behavior
as a key early warning sign for falls.
The phrase “use it or lose it” applies here. If permitted by an individual’s
circumstances, seniors should identify small changes in daily routines that
lead to less time sedentary. Just an
effort to get up from a chair regularly to move around more can be very helpful
One of the key benefits of the QMedic medical alert service
is automated physical activity tracking.
Using the easily understood data collected by QMedic, caregivers can
make sure their loved one is at least maintaining their physical activity level
over time. In addition, with the
emergency button always available, the senior can feel more confident as they
remain active and avoid a self-fulfilling prophecy (i.e. senior fears a fall
and is therefore less active, which ends up causing the fall).
Incorporating physical activity tracking with a medical
alert service is one important step QMedic has taken towards making these services
more proactive rather than reactive.
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