Dr. Lon Goldberg

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Falls in the Elderly

More than a 3rd of people over 65 will fall each year. Fractures are the most serious health consequence of falls. Up to 25 percent of hip fracture patients die within the first year. About 11,000 people will die from these falls each year.

Some of the factors that increase the risk of losing your balance are: side effects of medication, nutrition, lack of exercise and hazards in the home.

Let’s start with some of the hazards in your home and the easy steps to correct them.

  • Throw rugs: the number one item that seniors slip on and loose their balance. Get rid of them. If you must have them make sure they are slip resistant or use double face tape to secure them to the floor. If you use slip resistant rugs, check the backing regularly. Rubber backing can wear away.
  • Electrical/phone cords: do not use extension cords, if you have to rearrange your furniture so that lamps, tv’s and appliances have easy access to outlets. Tape down your cords to reduce the chance of tripping on them.
  • Lighting: have night lights, they are not just for children. Replace your existing wall switches with a “glow switch”.
  • Check your vision. […]
October 14th, 2014|All|

The 2014–2015 Flu Season – What You Need to Know

The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.

Influenza is a serious viral illness that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older.

In addition […]

September 22nd, 2014|All, In the News|