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The main causes of falls in seniors

31 Oct 2023

Falls are a significant health problem among the elderly, often leading to serious injury and even loss of independence. Several factors contribute to falls in the elderly, including muscle fatigue, osteoporosis, leg pain, heavy legs, Alzheimer's disease and dizziness. In this article, we'll explore these main causes and discuss how to prevent them.

What are the causes?

1. Muscular fatigue

Muscle fatigue is a common cause of falls in the elderly. Weakened muscles can lead to instability and difficulty maintaining balance. Older people who do not exercise regularly may be more likely to suffer from muscle fatigue. To prevent this problem, it is essential to maintain regular physical activity, preferably under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

2. Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, making them more fragile and prone to fracture. Bone fractures are a major risk factor for falls in the elderly. To prevent osteoporosis, we recommend a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, regular exercise, and consulting a physician to discuss the possibility of medical treatment.

3. Leg pain and heavy legs

Leg pain and heavy legs can reduce mobility and increase the risk of falls. These symptoms may be due to vascular problems, orthopedic disorders or other medical conditions. Treatment for leg pain depends on the underlying cause and may include medication, surgery or physical therapy.

4. Dizziness

Dizziness is common in the elderly and can be caused by a variety of conditions, including inner-ear problems, low blood pressure or medication. Dizziness can lead to loss of balance and falls. Managing vertigo often involves medication and lifestyle modifications, as well as medical advice.

How can they be prevented or detected?

  1. Exercise regularly to strengthen muscles and improve balance.
  2. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet to prevent osteoporosis.
  3. Avoid medications that cause dizziness or vertigo.
  4. Adapt the environment for safety, such as eliminating slippery carpets and installing handrails or grab bars.

ISA, the Mintt solution

Thanks to its real-time monitoring capability, Mintt's device is able to detect unusual movements or sudden falls. In the event of a fall, the sensor immediately sends alerts to caregivers or healthcare professionals, enabling rapid intervention. Mintt's technology offers peace of mind to the elderly and their families, helping to reduce intervention time in the event of an incident. This advanced fall detection technology helps ensure the safety and well-being of the elderly, while promoting their independence.

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