Avoid The Pain And Heartache Of Falls

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - by Regena Young

Falling down is one of the leading causes of serious injury in Tennessee and something that can be prevented with a little intervention. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed Sept. 22 Fall Prevention Awareness Day.

Falls often result in broken bones. Hip fractures are a major cause of health problems and death among older adults. For individuals who are already disabled, a fall can create a new set of problems, including being unable to live on your own. 

Take these steps to help prevent falls:

Ask your doctor about regular physical activities that can improve your balance and leg strength. Can you walk, swim, do yoga or other exercise?
Don’t start an exercise program without your doctor’s okay.
Two and a half hours of exercise a week is a good goal.
Ask your doctor to review your medications, because some medicines can make you dizzy and more prone to fall down.
Get your vision checked regularly. Update your glasses or contact lenses when your vision changes.

Find and fix dangers in your home. For example, add stair railings and move cords you could trip over. 

 

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in Tennessee. Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following these simple steps. 

 Regena Young is a registered nurse and consumer advocate in the CHOICES program, administered for the state by BlueCare Tennessee.

Erlanger Adds Orthopedic Specialists, Bringing Total Number Of Orthopedic Providers To 25

The Erlanger Health System announced the addition of three orthopedic surgeons, an interventional physiatrist, a nurse practitioner and a physical therapist to UT Erlanger Orthopaedics; bringing the total number of Erlanger orthopedic providers to 25. Orthopedic providers from the  Chattanooga Bone and Joint Center who are joining Erlanger are Dr. David ... (click for more)

Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider Jason Reich Joins CHI Memorial

CHI Memorial Medical Group announces Jason Reich, licensed professional counselor-mental health service provider, has joined CHI Memorial Integrative Medicine Associates.   Dr. Reich received a master’s degree in counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky and is currently working on a license in marriage and family therapy.  He is fluent in Spanish and ... (click for more)

Dewayne Ray Burns Wanted After Firing Shots At Fort Oglethorpe Police Officers

Dewayne Ray Burns is wanted after police in North Georgia were led on a chase, and he fired shots at officers. Burns fired shots in their direction late Thursday night. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department are investigating the incident. According to park rangers on the scene, the Burns ran away, while firing shots in the direction ... (click for more)

5 Considered For Cleveland City Manager Position

Five names were selected  Friday  by a citizens advisory committee to send to the Cleveland City Council for consideration as the next Cleveland city manager. The five are Angie Carrier, Joe Fivas, Mark Reeter, Seth Sumner and Julie Underwood. The list is being sent in alphabetical order so no one has an advantage when the city council considers the candidates. ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cancer Is Not A Battle

I read a marvelous essay not long ago where the author urged, “Stop telling the lie that cancer is a battle … a battle implies a fair fight, and there was nothing fair about my cancer or the cancer that took the life of my friend. Those experiences were about as fair as getting hit by a car – and nobody says people lose their battles with automobiles.” Mary Elizabeth Williams, ... (click for more)