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Bracing for the Falls of An Aging Nation

November 18, 2014

The New York Times Health section recently featured the article:

"Bracing for the Falls of An Aging Nation”.

Katie Hafner outlines the significant and growing danger of senior falls.

"As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. So the retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes where millions of Americans live are trying to balance safety and their residents’ desire to live as they choose."

The article also highlights many of the efforts by retirement homes to use architects and interior decorators to make their facilities adapted to this growing problem.

Some of the innovative designs featured:

"Some facilities have begun to install floor lighting, much like that on airplanes, that automatically turns on when a resident gets out of bed, illuminating a pathway to the bathroom"

"Others are installing energy-absorbing flooring in bathrooms, to reduce the impact of a fall.”

All of these designs with a senior’s actual view point in mind. The online article features astonishing examples of what stairs, showers, and toilets can look to those suffering from declining vision.

You can plainly see the positive impact that the new design features have for the future peace of mind and independence of the senior community.

For further Fall prevention information and organizations visit Live Oak's Fall Prevention Resources.   


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