Falls And Dementia

By | September 26, 2017

Falls And Dementia

Why Are Falls Dangerous For Seniors?

A fall can lead to changes in the mental state of a senior, such as depression, loss of confidence, slower response, withdrawn, unwilling to cooperate with caregivers, reduced daily activities due to fear of falling again and even develop dementia.

For some seniors, a minor fall may  involve complications and require hospitalisation stay. The recovery process may take a longer time. The risk of severe brain damage can also lead to death.

Studies have shown that people with dementia falls twice as often than cognitively healthy older adults. Unsafe wandering is the biggest cause of falls in dementia seniors. Their poor sense of judgement and stamina easily leads to falls.

The use fo mobility aids such as cane or a walker can actually increase the risks of falls in older adults especially dementia seniors. Having to use a mobility aid is liken to having the ability to be multi-tasking. 

Physical Therapy professor Susan Hunter explained. “Using a mobility aid means you need to have a lot more cognitive finesse and capacity to use the aid; you need to be able to maneuver around obstacles.”

Although there are no clear conclusions in the study between falls and dementia seniors relationship, caregivers need to be certain if their loved ones are capable of using the mobility aids independently.

What Are The Possible Interventions For Dementia Seniors?

Although accidents cannot be avoided, taking certain precautions can greatly reduce the risk of injury and death. The best preventive methods is to minimise hazards that may pose a threat within the living environment.

Make clear walking paths inside the home and having adequate lightings to reduce visual difficulties. Put on footwear for seniors which are easy to take off but also safely securing it to their feet.

Falls and associated outcomes not only harm the injured individuals but can also affect their families, friends and caregivers. The burden of taking care of them, time and mental effort, and not mentioning the financial cost involved if a hospital stay is required.

Dementia seniors are more likely to fall when they are not engaged in an activity, are unattened or when they wander. Regular exercise, cognitive training and increased social interactions are some of the ways to manage falls in seniors with cognitive impairment. Theraphy may also reduces severity falls.

Bed alarms also provide assurance to caregivers that the elderly in their care are safe in bed while they are busy with other house work in another area of the house.

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Your Thoughts And Feelings

Falls can be a big worry if you are caring for some loved ones with dementia. Talk to a health professional such as a physiotherapist or occupational therapist if your loved ones had a recent fall. Many underlying causes of falls can be treated or corrected.

If you have any feedback or thoughts to share on fall prevention, please feel free to leave your comments below.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Falls And Dementia

  1. Mei Scarlet

    My grandmother is getting older, of course it’s only natural… but she is such a brittle lady, and her bones are not strong. I’m always so paranoid what I’m walking with her… because I know all it will take is a bad fall to make things turn for the worse. 🙁

    I’m aware of all the things that can happen after a fall…. but I wasn’t aware of the cognitive functioning they need to use when using a mobility aid! I never thought of that. We’ve been discussing in my family if she should have one…. but now I’m not sure that that is for the best either.

    Thanks for giving me some more perspective! 🙂

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    1. wesley Post author

      Hi

      I am gald to hear that  you have gained some valuable information from my article. Falls are not a normal part of aging. It can be a danger to a person with dementia and must be prevented. Understanding the risks and making small changes can help to reduce the risks of falls. Thank you for stopping by.

      Wesley

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  2. sharoncl

    Hi,
    You are so right about dementia, i was reading up on dementia as my father had vascular dementia until recently he has sadly passed away (not from dementia)
    The falls you mention are right they do fall more often, is that a small stroke?i have often wondered if the falling was due to that.
    You have detailed this very well and i still find myself looking into dementia and its causes, it has certainly made me more aware of things in life and keeping my brain active.
    Keep up the good work 🙂

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    1. wesley Post author

      Hi

      I am sorry to hear the sad news about your father. Thank you for taking your time to read my articles. I am glad you find it useful and are now more aware and know how to deal with dementia and prevent falls. Stay fit and healthy and constantly keep an active brain.

      Wesley

      Reply

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