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The Elderly and Chiropractic

The Elderly and Chiropractic

Chiropractic health care offers the lifestyle that addresses quality of life issues with the older adult. These issues range from mobility (which is equivalent to independence) to a non-drug approach to health and self empowerment. Chiropractic can improve circulation, stability and mobility and in conjunction with exercise programs designed for the Senior Citizen and nutritional counseling can improve the quality of life for the elderly. Dr. Kieu works with seniors to help them maintain their independence and health naturally. If you are a senior citizen and would like to find out if chiropractic can help you, you can contact Dr. Kieu' office. -> Contact Page

Falls

Falls are one of the leading problems facing senior citizens. An injury resulting from a fall can often lead to permanent disability. One out of three people over the age of sixty will suffer a fall each year and fear of falling can often force seniors to curtail their activities.

Risk Factors

The risk of falling is caused by three major factors for seniors: the normal aging process, disease and the person's environment. As people age there are normal alterations in gait, vision, posture hearing and cognition - all of which may contribute to an increased incidence of falls. Cardiovascular conditions, neurological impairments, psychological disorders and metabolic disorders may directly influence a person's functional capabilities. Environmental factors include a person's physical surroundings and medications that may put them at risk for falling. Many falls can be prevented with some simple changes lifestyle changes and modifications to the home environment. Below are a few suggestions to make the home safer for seniors.
 

Lifestyle Changes

  1. Get a chiropractor. You will have better mobility and less arthritic pain.
  2. Have your vision and hearing checked regularly.
  3. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of your medication.
  4. Limit your intake of alcohol.
  5. Use caution when getting up from sleeping or eating.
  6. Wear supportive (preferably lace-up shoes with a low heel), rubber soled shoes.
  7. If necessary, use a cane or a walker to help maintain your balance. Sometimes using a supportive device like a cane for a short period will allow a person to heal an injury safely without the risk of a more serious injury.
  8. Maintain a regular exercise program to improve muscle strength, tone and stability. It is never too late to start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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