Top 5 Elderly Fall Prevention Tips

Today marks the 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. This year’s theme is Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults over the age of 65 will suffer a serious fall this year. Twenty to thirty percent of older adults who fall will suffer injuries such as hip fractures and head traumas, which can hinder their independence. Many of these falls occur at home, particularly in the bathroom or while the individual is trying to get to the bathroom. By following these safety tips below, you can help your elderly loved one stay balanced and free of fall risks:

  • Tidy up. Make sure the pathway to the toilet is open and free of clutter. You don’t want your loved one to trip over a box or stumble over an electrical cord, especially when they’re in a rush.
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ACP Releases Nonsurgical Guidelines for Treating Incontinence in Women

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released new guidelines for treating urinary stress incontinence and urge incontinence without surgery.

For women with stress urinary incontinence, kegel exercises are recommended. Kegels help strengthen the muscles and tissues that control urine flow.

For women with urge incontinence, the group suggested bladder training. This treatment involves going to the bathroom on a schedule. As bladder control is gradually regained, the interval between bathroom breaks is increased. Continue reading

Students Create Diaper Pad to Detect Infection in Babies

“The Diaper Detective” is not a new TV show about a diaper-donning detective, nor is it a job description for someone who closely examines stool. It’s actually a small pad that’s inserted into diapers to determine if babies are dehydrated or have a bacterial infection.

Developed by a group of University of California, Riverside students from the Bourns College of Engineering, the patent-pending Diaper Detective uses chemical indicators that change colors – similar to a home pregnancy test – to show if the infant is in distress and in need of medical attention. The lateral flow channels that guide the urine are made with paraffin wax and a laser printer.

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How to Choose Disposable Incontinence Underwear

Disposable incontinence underwear (also called adult pull ups or protective underwear) offer a great way for people with bladder problems to manage their leaks while also leading an active life. There are many different styles of adult pull ups to choose from and it’s important that you choose the right type to prevent embarrassing accidents. When choosing disposable incontinence underwear, ask yourself the following questions: