5 Fall-Risk Factors Measured by Medical PMDs

What is a Medical PMD and Who Are They Useful To? Medical pressure measurement devices (Medical PMDs) are pressure sensitive technologies that have found a niche as modern gait assessment tools. PMDs may be single tiles or walkways and provide clinicians with data-rich analysis of gait parameters such as temporal measurements, spatial measurements, center of pressure (COP), and plantar pressures. Medical PMDs are useful to medical professionals not just for rehabilitation and treatment, but also for monitoring…

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How to Choose the Right Gait Analysis Technology for You

Screen shot of the Vicon Nexus 1.7.1 software showing a motion analysis model of a cross-country skier

My youngest daughter is off to university in the fall. As a graduation gift, and to support her for the next four years of school, I wanted to buy her a new laptop. Unlike me– who studied science and business–she is going to study film, animation, and fine arts, so trying to determine which computer…

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4 Building Blocks for Successful Fall Management Programs 

Every facility that cares for or interacts with seniors has a fall-risk management system in place. Yet, one in every four seniors are expected to experience a fall. Evidence suggests that most falls are not only predictable, but preventable. So if our organizations have plans in place to prevent falls, why are they so prevalent? The truth is that most fall management plans are underutilized and out-of-date,…

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Seniors and COVID: What Is the Future of Fall-Risk?

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COVID-19 and Falls As discussed in our last blog about the effects of COVID-19 on seniors, one of the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic is an increased risk of falls and fall-related injuries.  Since early 2020, people around the world have been asked to reduce their movements; lock downs, quarantines, and fear have all affected the behavior and activity of individuals, especially of older adults who are among those at greatest risk for severe illness caused by…

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Seniors and COVID: 4 Ways to Keep Seniors Safe

Seniors and COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has been a scary and trying time for everyone around the globe but the threat of the virus looms greatest for the oldest members of our communities. The CDC reports that “as you get older, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases”, with “the greatest risk for severe…

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Plantar Pressure Analysis and Its Role in Senior Care

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Healthy Aging Research Series II Every week, hundreds of research articles are published containing keywords such as ‘gait’, ‘balance’, and ‘falls’. As the CEO and founder of a company in the mobility assessment space, I spend a lot of time reviewing these scientific journals. Every once in a while, I come across a ‘golden’ article…

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How Can Your Senior Care Business Support Healthy Aging?

New Blog Series: How Can Your Long Term or Senior Care Business Support Healthy Aging? Introduction Every week, hundreds of research articles are published containing keywords such as ‘gait’, ‘balance’, and ‘falls’. As the CEO and founder of a company in the mobility assessment space, I spend a lot of time reviewing these scientific journals.…

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Catching Seniors Before They Fall: Part III

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Interventions for Those at High Fall Risk Naturally, the purpose of estimating fall risk is to determine when individuals need interventions to prevent future falls. But what then? In this final installment of our series, we’ll review some of the most common and/or effective interventions used to reduce fall risk, from the generic to the…

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Catching Seniors Before They Fall: Part II

Young man and senior woman sit on couch discussing

High-tech Fall-Risk Metrics and Technologies We often think of looking into the future like taking a peek at Christmas gifts before the big day – sometimes it’s just better not to know. When it comes to senior care, however, a crystal ball could come in handy, helping to prevent future falls. In our last blog,…

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