By Rein Tideiksaar PhD
Falling is without doubt one of the most typical reasons of incapacity in later lifestyles and can also be the most preventable. This booklet presents a big physique of fall-related learn that has been prepared by means of the writer into effortless, digestible info for geriatric health and wellbeing pros. widely up-to-date and revised for its moment variation, the publication has direct scientific functions and methods for combating and handling falls. It additionally comprises new info at the actual, mental, and social issues of falling. For physicians, nurses, directors, and employees in long term and different geriatric care settings, this ebook might be a vital source.
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1990). Most head injuries in older persons that result in acute hospitalization are sustained as a result of falling (Saywell, Woods, Rappaport, & Allen, 1989). In older men with head injury, the use of alcohol has been ascribed as a cause in up to 50% of cases (Galbraith, 1976). Aside from bruises and lacerations, the most critical head injury is that of subdural hematoma. Noltie and Denham (1981) found that up to two-thirds of older patients with subdural hematoma report a recent history of falls or head injury, and older men showed a greater incidence of subdural hematoma.
Approximately half of all daughters providing care for older parents work outside the home (Wykle, 1994). Providing care for both the older parent and the family, and trying to hold down a job at the same time can often create conflicts. Either the older parent or the husband and children may feel neglected at times, or the woman's career may suffer as a consequence. Sometimes, a deterioration of immediate family ties may occur. This may affect the 42 __ FALLING IN OLD AGE marriage relationship.
When I observed the patient walking, it was easy to see why she had skin tears. Because of her impaired balance, she consistently bumped into sharp-edged furnishings that were in her path. More than likely, the patient's visual impairment exacerbated the problem. The patient was provided with a walker, which not only supported her balance but also served as a protective barrier against the furnishings. , 1993). , 1990; Nevitt, Cummings & Hudes, 1991). Some falls are associated with prolonged lies.