STEP-HI – Helping Women Gain Strength After A Broken Hip

One in four Americans age 65 and older falls each year making falls the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments (ED) annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths. One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.  More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling and can be the most devastating of all – 25% of them will die within a year. […]

Family Honors Mother’s Alzheimer’s Journey

November is Alzheimer’s disease and National Family Caregiver Awareness Months.  The month recognizes and raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and is dedicated to supporting caregivers who care for family and friends. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia that affects memory, thinking, and behavior.  Symptoms of Alzheimer’s eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.  Difficulty remembering recent conversations, names, or events is often an early clinical symptom; apathy and depression are also often early symptoms. Later symptoms include impaired communication, disorientation, confusion, poor judgment, behavioral changes, and, ultimately, difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking. The Cooper family’s […]

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Dementia Gene Raises Risk of Severe COVID-19

A gene associated with increased risk of Alzheimer's disease is also linked to severe cases of COVID-19, according to researchers.