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Managing the number one cause of injury for seniors

As you age, it is no secret your health declines and you gain a variety of medical problems. While you may associate death with these conditions, they are actually not the most directly responsible for loss of life. However, they are a contributing factor in what the National Council on Aging reports is the leading cause of seniors sustaining fatal and nonfatal injuries: falls.

Why slips and falls are potentially very dangerous

If you are a Florida retiree, you may share nostalgic stories with your friends and neighbors about back in the day when the funniest thing a TV and movie comic could do was take a pratfall in front of a group of horrified, albeit snickering, bystanders. While these carefully choreographed falls may have been funny, there is nothing humorous about falling.

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, a highly serious, oftentimes catastrophic, injury to your head and/or neck of such force that your brain becomes dysfunctional in some way. Since your chances of falling increase as you grow older, it follows that your chance of suffering a TBI likewise increases.

Why slips and falls are potentially very dangerous

If you are a Florida retiree, you may share nostalgic stories with your friends and neighbors about back in the day when the funniest thing a TV and movie comic could do was take a pratfall in front of a group of horrified, albeit snickering, bystanders. While these carefully choreographed falls may have been funny, there is nothing humorous about falling.

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, a highly serious, oftentimes catastrophic, injury to your head and/or neck of such force that your brain becomes dysfunctional in some way. Since your chances of falling increase as you grow older, it follows that your chance of suffering a TBI likewise increases.

The VA can provide elderly veterans with options for their care

As a veteran, you are likely proud of your service to the United States. You helped protect your country. Now that you are older, it may be time to turn to the government you protected for help. Elderly veterans may apply for a range of benefits from VA.

3 signs it is time to stop driving

No one wants to lose any privileges, particularly those related to driving. It is important for senior citizens to remain honest with themselves and know when it is time to hang up the car keys for good. When your loved ones approach you about putting an end to driving, take their concerns genuinely; they only look out for your best interest. 

Many people can continue to drive well into their 80s, while others need to stop driving much sooner. Remain aware of your personal driving capabilities, and if you notice any of the following beginning to happen, then it is paramount you stop driving before you end up in a collision

Understand how your medicine affects you before driving

It may be frustrating that you need to take a range of medications these days, especially if your prescriptions leave you feeling unlike your normal self. You and other Florida seniors who are on a regular medicine regime may feel tempted to ignore the side effects as much as you can and continue living as normal. This may work just fine, until you get behind the wheel. You will need to understand the possible consequences of driving under the influence of a legal drug.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse cautions that pain relievers are the most common prescription medication that people had in their systems when they were involved in a crash. This is because prescription painkillers, particularly narcotic pain relief, can cause drowsiness. Your prescription bottle may warn you not to drive after taking your medication, for good reason.

Understanding negligence in Florida personal injury cases

A typical personal injury case has two major components: negligence and damages. To prevail and receive compensation, you must show you suffered certain types of tangible losses. You must also show the losses happened because the defendant acted negligently.

This differs from saying the defendant caused the injury. Sometimes, a person may act perfectly reasonably, yet another person still suffers injury. In most cases, excepting those where strict liability applies, the law requires the defendant to do something wrong and for that wrongdoing to cause the accident.

Own a Tesla? Here is what you need to know about Autopilot

If you are one of the fortunate Tesla owners in Florida and elsewhere, you realize that this groundbreaking vehicle has technology that may eventually shape how all manufacturers make cars in the future. Fully automated, self-driving cars are not yet a part of our reality, but the Autopilot driver assistance feature of Tesla vehicles almost comes close. You have worked hard all your life to deserve one of these innovative vehicles during your retirement, but it is important to know the limitations of the Autopilot technology.

Business Insider explains that Autopilot can make it safer and easier to switch lanes, brake, parallel park and back up. You may even summon your vehicle to pick you up from a short distance away. Tesla officials claim that Autopilot can reduce the risk of crashes by as much as 50 percent. This is impressive; however, the name “Autopilot” may fool some into thinking they can switch on the feature, kick back their feet and relax while their cars do the driving for them.

Watch out for these 4 nursing home injuries

Everyone likes to think of nursing homes as places that senior citizens can feel safe. Unfortunately, many dangers lurk in nursing homes that can result in injuries and fatalities. One accident or unsafe condition can have severe consequences for elderly people.

With many people trusting nursing homes for care, it is important to understand what injuries are possible. Here are five ways that nursing home residents may get hurt.

3 common unsafe conditions at nursing homes

Numerous senior citizens rely on nursing homes to receive the care and companionship they need. As of 2015, Florida had over 70,000 people living in assisted care facilities in the state. 

Many of these facilities take great care to ensure residents are safe. However, every building requires maintenance, and occasionally, a building can fall into a state of disarray. Seniors should always keep an eye out for unsafe conditions at their nursing homes so that they know when to bring something to the attention of the staff. Otherwise, someone could suffer a serious injury

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