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How to keep your love ones safe from falls and injuries

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Carolyn Coleman-Grady RN, PHN, BSN,

Fall Prevention:

Aging is difficult for many people. The fear of injuries related to falls is of great concern in the health care industry. Here are a few quick tips to safe proof your home. Remove throw rugs, install night lights in the halls and bathrooms. Keeping pathways clear. Remove cords, and toys from walk ways. Be alert to oxygen tubing. It is important to keep the elderly hydrated. Sometimes the elderly will not drink water because of the constant need to void (urinate). However, when urinary infections develop you will see weakness, confusion and possible falls.

Safe guard your home post emergency phone numbers on the refrigerator and near your cell phone chargers. Be sure to include a family members, neighbor, pastor if applicable, work, cell phone and local police station. Posting the doctors number is also important. To keep your elderly family member in a safe environment safe proof their home.

There are several products for the elderly lifeline, ADT services,, and Alert bracelets.

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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

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Multiple Sclerosis

A  demyelinating decease

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system)

Multiple sclerosis.          MRI of the brain.              Nerve supply to the pelvis.                 Central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.             Myelin and nerve structure.

Facts

Multiple Sclerosis affects women more than men

Diagnosed between the age of 20 and 40 but can be seen at any age.

Multiple Sclerosis affects the Myelin sheath which protects the nerves, if damaged it lives the nerve unprotected.  An unprotected nerve signal will slow down or stop.

According to A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, “The nerve damage is caused by inflammation.  The inflammation occurs when the body’s own immune cells attacks the nervous system” (2012).

The nerve damage is caused by inflammation. Inflammation occurs when the body’s own immune cells attack the nervous system. This can occur along any area of the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord. Have a

Family history of MS or live in a part of the world where MS is more common.

It is unknown what exactly causes this to happen.  The most common thought is that virus or gene defects, or both, are to blame.  Environmental factors may play a role.  You are slightly more likely to get this condition if

you have family history of MS or live in a part of the world where MS is more common.

The most common symptom is gait and coordination. People with MS are at risk for falls and injuries. Symptoms are may be triggered by fever, hot baths, stress and sun exposure.  It is common for the disease to get

worse without periods of remission.

Muscle Symptoms

• Loss of Balance

• Muscle Spasm

•Numbness or abnormal sensation in any part of the body

•Problems moving arms or legs

• Problems with coordination or small movement

• Problems walking

•Tremors in one or more arms or legs

•Weakness in one or more arms or legs

There are other symptoms that affect the body, bowel and bladder incontinence, leakage, and urgency, it affects your eyes, feelings in hands and finger tips.

One of the most important key points is follow-up, recognizing changes in your body and seeking assistance.  Getting involved with the Multiple Sclerosis society keeping updated on new treatments and research and

Discussing your concerns openly with your doctor and family MS is challenging and can contribute to depression.  It is very important that you have support.  There is information available become an advocate for MS.

Today is MS awareness month how will you become aware?

A.D.A.M. Encyclopedia. Multiple Sclerosis (2012) Retrieved from   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

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