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Five words or less(NewsUSA) – More than one in three seniors over age 65 fall each year, and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) says 80 percent of these falls are in the bathroom. Due to the multitude of unforgiving and slippery surfaces, bathrooms are very hazardous for the home.
Knowing how to get in and out of tubs and showers properly and equipping homes with necessary safety precautions can reduce senior falls, keep them out of the emergency room and possibly extend their life.
According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care each year for fall-related injuries, fractures or head trauma. In addition to potentially losing their independence, seniors 65 years old and up have a 25 percent chance of dying within six months to a year if they fall and break a hip.
Seniors are vulnerable to falls for many reasons — eyesight and reflexes aren’t as razor-sharp as they used to be, not to mention the balance issues posed by diabetes, heart disease, thyroid conditions and various medications.
One of the most effective ways to preserve balance is to stay active with an exercise regimen. Ask your doctor about exercises designed to improve balance, stability and overall mobility, such as moderate yoga.
But, another preventative method recommended by physicians is installing a shower or tub built around the unique needs of elderly adults. For example, Safe Step Tub Walk-In Tub Company’s new walk-in shower has a foldable chair, flexible shower wand, grab bars, ultra-low step up and other senior-friendly features. And since the cost of retirement is high for many seniors, installation is included in the price.
To find out more about these showers and walk-in tubs or to request a free brochure and DVD, visit www.safesteptub.com/news
Besides a customized shower or bath, NIA and the American Geriatrics Society advise the following bathroom safety precautions for seniors:
* Non-slip rubber mats in front of sink, toilet and shower/bath.
* Grab bars inside and outside of shower/bath and on either side of the toilet (these are much stronger than towel racks, which aren’t meant to support weight).
* Bright lights that are easily accessible.

Grandparents, Grandkids Benefit From Better Hearing

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – More than one in three seniors over age 65 fall each year, and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) says 80 percent of these falls are in the bathroom. Due to the multitude of unforgiving and slippery surfaces, bathrooms are very hazardous for the home.
Knowing how to get in and out of tubs and showers properly and equipping homes with necessary safety precautions can reduce senior falls, keep them out of the emergency room and possibly extend their life.
According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care each year for fall-related injuries, fractures or head trauma. In addition to potentially losing their independence, seniors 65 years old and up have a 25 percent chance of dying within six months to a year if they fall and break a hip.
Seniors are vulnerable to falls for many reasons — eyesight and reflexes aren’t as razor-sharp as they used to be, not to mention the balance issues posed by diabetes, heart disease, thyroid conditions and various medications.
One of the most effective ways to preserve balance is to stay active with an exercise regimen. Ask your doctor about exercises designed to improve balance, stability and overall mobility, such as moderate yoga.
But, another preventative method recommended by physicians is installing a shower or tub built around the unique needs of elderly adults. For example, Safe Step Tub Walk-In Tub Company’s new walk-in shower has a foldable chair, flexible shower wand, grab bars, ultra-low step up and other senior-friendly features. And since the cost of retirement is high for many seniors, installation is included in the price.
To find out more about these showers and walk-in tubs or to request a free brochure and DVD, visit www.safesteptub.com/news
Besides a customized shower or bath, NIA and the American Geriatrics Society advise the following bathroom safety precautions for seniors:
* Non-slip rubber mats in front of sink, toilet and shower/bath.
* Grab bars inside and outside of shower/bath and on either side of the toilet (these are much stronger than towel racks, which aren’t meant to support weight).
* Bright lights that are easily accessible.

Minimize Pet Stress With These Helpful Moving Tips

Moving with pets? You’re not alone. According to a recent study by the American Pet Products Association, 11 million families move with their pets annually. So how do you keep Fluffy happy when prepping for a new move? Easy: plan ahead.

While exotic pets require extra-special attention during moves, Penske Truck Rental is focusing on dogs and cats – the most common furry friends among Americans. Their experts and the Humane Society recommend the following additional tips to help pet owners and their four-legged friends have a safe, comfortable and stress-free move.

Before the Move:

Engineers Bring Hope to Developing Nations

Medical professionals, missionaries and other volunteer organizations work to bring emergency relief to natural disaster and poverty victims. But other career fields can provide aid as well. For example, engineers often build emergency shelters and design sustainable technology to provide assistance and hope throughout the developing world.

Humanitarian engineering is defined as “design under constraints to directly improve the well being of underserved populations.” It has roots dating back to the French Revolution, when a group of engineers at the Ecole Polytechnic decided to use their technical skills to work for social justice.

Recognize the Signs of Seizures

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Epilepsy is a serious neurological disorder that can develop at any time in life, but there is a particular susceptibility in young children and the elderly. The condition produces seizures, which can range from a momentary disruption of the senses to short periods of unconsciousness or staring spells to convulsions. A seizure happens when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy. Epilepsy affects more than 3 million people in the United States and 50 million people worldwide; yet, many people do not recognize the signs of a seizure.

Many times, the symptoms are misinterpreted as alcoholic or drug-induced intoxication. Some epilepsy symptoms have even been known to confuse law enforcement officers, who may mistake someone experiencing a seizure or post-seizure behaviors for mentally ill or criminal behavior.

For example, in Oakland County, Mich., police didn’t see a seizing Daniel Belongea’s medical bracelet and tasered and arrested him for disorderly conduct. In Nashville, Tenn., Federico Becerra, Jr. died after emergency personnel attempted to physically subdue his movements.

To prevent these tragic oversights and to ensure that first responders know how to care for people with epilepsy, the Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit organization, is expanding its “First Responders Training” program. The goal is to teach law enforcement and emergency medical response teams the correct way to respond to people experiencing seizures.

For more information on seizures, or to find out if training is available in your area, call the Epilepsy Foundation at 800-332-1000, or visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org.

New VehSmart Helps Teens and Parents Drive Better, Safer

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When teenagers buckle up behind the wheel of a car, parents start to worry. But a new product called VehSmart is going a long way toward providing parents with some peace of mind.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, teenage drivers account for just 10 percent of the U.S. population, yet were involved in 16 percent of all police-reported traffic accidents. Experts attribute many teen accidents to a lack of driving experience.

This does not mean that parents should put their children under house arrest until age 20, and at the same time, they should not allow them to drive completely unsupervised immediately after earning their driver’s license. With the new technology available through VehSmart, a parent can provide multiple levels of assistance to their teen driver -; even if the parent is not in the car with the teenager.

VehSmart uses telematics, a new technology, which combines existing GPS and communications technology to form a hybrid safety and emergency notification system. As an easily installed aftermarket device that, unlike OnStar, is available on all vehicles, VehSmart allows parents to monitor their teen’s driving habits, as well as give them the capability to provide assistance through emergency notification, making it the only product to offer such features.

Through the device, parents can be notified by e-mail or mobile phone as to whether the teenager drives at excessive speeds or enters a preselected restricted area. Parents can use a real-time GPS locator feature to see their teenager’s vehicle on a computer so they can know when and where their teenager drives. With this information, parents can teach safer and more responsible driving behaviors.

Parents can also give their nerves a much-needed rest knowing that VehSmart’s most important feature keeps young drivers within a button’s push of emergency services. Drivers can press VehSmart’s exclusive remote panic button on their key fob when they are in an emergency or feel threatened for any reason. The panic button contacts a 24/7/365 call center. The call center can locate the vehicle immediately via satellite and can call the teen’s cell phone or other prelisted contacts, immediately dispatching roadside assistance or other emergency services as necessary.

For additional information about this one-of-a-kind product or to find purchasing information, visit www.vehsmart.com.

Rescue Dog Groups Need Support

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Even as rescue technology advances, few things prove so sophisticated as a dog’s nose.

Search-and-rescue dogs can track one scent for hours, distinguishing it from other stimuli. Paws can trek where wheels cannot, helping find victims trapped in uneven or unsteady terrain. Off the leash, dogs can find survivors in places difficult for humans to search – they can climb ladders, tunnel and navigate through debris.

Not every dog can become a search-and-rescue dog. Canines must be athletic, brave, capable of single-minded focus and willing to please their handlers. Training for FEMA-certification takes at least one year and must continue through the dogs’ lifetime – about 10 years.

Demand for search-and-rescue dogs is high – there are currently not enough dogs to supply each emergency team that needs their help. But some organizations are working to find and train more search-and-rescue dogs.

For example, National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) in Ojai, Calif., and Nutro Products’ Natural Choice dog food have joined together to raise awareness about the need for more FEMA-certified canine search teams.

The SDF produces highly-trained, FEMA-certified canine search teams. The SDF finds its dogs in shelters – many successful search-and-rescue dogs only narrowly escape euthanasia – and they complete the rigorous training.

The SDF pairs the trained dogs with firefighters, who use the dogs as part of their emergency response teams. The SDF, a nonprofit organization, ensures that every dog – even those who do not complete the program – receive complete care for life.

Today, there are only 150 Advanced Certified canine teams in the U.S. More search-and-rescue dog teams will help boost national security and disaster preparedness. Americans can help support the SDF and its efforts by donating money online at www.foodforheroes.com or buying Nutro Natural Choice Branddog food – every bag sold helps support the SDF.