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For the elderly, a fall can alter – or threaten – life permanently. Thirty percent of older adults living in a typical community, and as many as 60%-80% of older adults with mild cognitive impairment, dementia or Parkinson’s disease, fall at least once a year. In the US alone, over 700,000 people 65 and older are hospitalized and suffer traumas because of a fall. According to OECD statistics, falls in adults aged 65 and over account for about 2% of all healthcare expenditures in high-income countries.
Even without injuries, falls often lead to fear, with seniors avoiding leaving the house and becoming shut-ins, which in turn often leads to inactivity, muscle weakness, depression, impaired balance and gait, more falls and more social isolation, according to numerous studies.
A team of researchers in Israel, led by dr. Anat Mirelman, claims to have found the solution to this problem, thanks to virtual reality. Continue reading
How much is it determined by the mindset we decide to adopt? According to the Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, it depends almost entirely on it. Author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Dweck deeply investigates the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, and how changing even the simplest of them can have profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives. Continue reading