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Age is Just a Number

Age is Just a Number

January 23, 2014
Trevor Lucy, CEO of Homecare Technologies

In these times, it seems that age is really just a number. Independent living is now becoming mainstream for the elderly and even people who would have been perceived as "old" in the past continue to achieve significant life and professional goals, despite the number tag that is attached to them.

You could say there is a few reasons for this. People understand medical science better than ever before, and are looking after themselves physically better than ever before, be it from a nutrition, lifestyle and exercise point of view.

The current stats from Ireland point to an ever increasing age in our population which again shows that we are looking after ourselves better. When it comes to proving this point with a real-life scenario, there is definitely no shortage of examples. Take Rupert Murdoch; he embodies the concept of age being a highly active businessman at the ripe age of 82. This Australian business magnet has amassed enormous wealth within the broadcast and entertainment industries for decade after decade.

Find out about some more admirable older people in our infographic below and see just how much age really doesn’t matter! Our impressive facts and figures about the aging population in Ireland, will really blow you away. >>

(WBIR) A state law aimed at reducing concussions in youth sports and increasing awareness about traumatic brain injury took effect Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Under the law, coaches, athletes and parents must learn about the dangers of concussions before competing. Secondly, if a young athlete may have suffered a concussion they can't play until being cleared by a medical professional. Students will also be required to leave a sporting event if they've been showing concussion symptoms like headaches, dilated eyes or vomiting. The law also require coaches, athletes and their parents to sign documents, proving they understand the risks of concussions before a young athlete can compete. >>

Physical therapy improves balance and prevents falls

Physical therapy improves balance and prevents falls

December 11, 2013
Dr. Jerry Moczerniuk P.T., D.P.T. , Clinical Director, db Orthopedic Physical Therapy Association

Research has shown that approximately 1/3 of all adults over the age of 65 suffer from at least one fall annually, the prevalence increases to 50 percent in adults over the age of 80. My goal for writing this article is to help the reader understand the reasons why adults over the age of 65 fall, and how to decrease the risk for falls in such population.

Falls are not only an inconvenience, but have also contributed in a major way to health care costs and disability in the older adults. Studies have shown that 20 percent of falls require some sort of medical attention. Furthermore, up to 10 percent of people who suffer from a fall sustain major injury such as major contusion/laceration, head trauma and disabling fractures. Fractures are a greater risk for patients with osteoporosis. You may also be surprised to find out that complications from falls are the leading cause of death from injury in adults over the age of 65. >>

Report recommends student athletes stay out of classroom after concussion

Report recommends student athletes stay out of classroom after concussion

October 30, 2013
Cathy Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist, KTSM NewsChannel9

A new report finds a concussion should not only take student athletes off the field, it could also keep some of them out of school.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended children with severe symptoms stay home from school until they are cleared by their doctor.

"We’re talking about the brain and the number one thing you use when you're in the classroom is the brain," said Claudia Garduno with Spine and Rehab Specialists. "We’re asking students to learn things, to process things, to be listening and be attentive, but when the brain is injured, obviously that's going to be a big difficulty for them."  >>

Prevention of slips, trips and falls is important to enable older adults to maintain active, independent and healthy lifestyles.

Slips, trips and falls occur unexpectedly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, 1 out of 3 adults falls, resulting in severe disabilities. Unintentional fall injuries led to the death of about 20,400 older adults in 2009. Leading healthcare centers offer slip and fall prevention programs to help older adults maintain wellness and quality of life. >>



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