Guest Post: The Most Common Injuries Among Seniors and How PERS Devices Can Help
Aging is an inevitable part of life. And as we grow older, our body goes through physical changes. Perhaps your bones don’t feel as strong as they used to, or your muscles no longer move as freely as before. While these little changes are completely natural, they can become cause for serious injuries among our elderly loved ones.
In fact, a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of death among seniors, with falls leading the list of reasons. Though there’s no way to stop the hands of time from taking a toll on our loved ones' bodies, there are things you can do to prevent the dangers that come with it. But first, what are the most common injuries to watch out for among seniors?
According to researchers from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is highly common among seniors, leading to a loss in bone density. Because of this, the likelihood of hip fractures increases as we age. These are extremely painful, and the effects are difficult to reverse, rendering a senior immobilized for an extended period of time. Worse, this inactivity can lead to even more health concerns, like sepsis or pneumonia.
We’ve all heard horror stories of seniors slipping in the bathroom or tripping over an innocently placed floor mat. But did you know that even clearing your throat the wrong way could break a rib? Fractured ribs among seniors aren’t just caused by traumatic events like falls, but also ordinary activities like coughing.
Depending on how bad a fall is, concussions can be mild or serious. Sometimes, they may not even be easily detected, but pose significant dangers all the same. For seniors, they can become a cause for strokes and hemorrhagic events following a traumatic brain injury, as stated in a study published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
Because of seniors’ reduced mobility and slower reflexes, it becomes more common for them to drop things or forget simple tasks like turning off the stove. Researchers from the American University of Beirut Medical Center confirm that older people suffer more frequently from burns precisely because of these reasons.
How can PERS devices help?
As seniors age, their everyday activities no longer become as safe for them to carry out — even for seemingly mundane tasks like cleaning or cooking. Like we previously discussed here on LogicMark, their own home might pose new potential dangers. Thus, seniors need all the care and support they can get during this vulnerable time in their life.
In fact, according to clinical experts from Maryville University, healthcare requirements for the aging population are becoming very complex, especially with the general face of the healthcare industry changing alongside it. Advancements like telehealth, artificial intelligence, and health trackers have significantly improved the medical world, and so are the ways you can look out for your loved ones and lessen trips to the hospital. Family members and caregivers play a crucial role in helping their loved ones live life to the fullest everyday with new tools and technology.
This is where PERS devices come in. Personal Emergency Response Systems allow people — especially seniors — to call for help any time they need it. That means even if they do slip and hit the ground, they can dial in for help so they get immediate attention especially if they are alone, and before any health complications arise.
Designed to be worn around your neck or kept in your pocket at all times, pressing the button can mean the difference between life and death. For more protection, some PERS devices can be installed in high-risk areas of the house where injuries are more likely to happen, like bathrooms or the stairs. There are other devices such as the Notifi911+ that can be taken anywhere. It lets the elderly call for help while out and about, because accidents don’t just happen at home. All in all, PERS devices are crucial to the aging population and can ensure your loved ones are looked after no matter where you are.
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Prepared by Alisha Carter
Alisha Carter is a Covington-based health services manager with a lifelong fascination with the technologies we build for helping those in need. When she’s not working, Alisha enjoys baking and spending time with her husband and two children.