More content by Carolyn Tassini, PT, DPT, CBIS
Senior Falls: What To Know & How To Prevent Them
Bancroft NeuroRehab Clinicians Discuss Senior Fall Prevention & Safety with BIANJBancroft NeuroRehab clinicians discuss fall prevention and safety for seniors, including at-home exercises that can improve strength and steps to take if a fall does occur. In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, Bancroft NeuroRehab Rehabilitation Supervisor Dr. Carolyn Tassini, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIST and Occupational Therapist Jillian Gordon, MS, OTR/L, CBIS joined the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ) to discuss fall prevention for seniors. Falls are a major threat to older adults. According to the CDC, one out of four older adults ages 65 and older falls each year. Falls can reduce seniors’ ability to remain independent, spark fear and depression and can even lead to serious health conditions/injuries – like traumatic brain injury. Despite the risk, falls are preventable.
Some of Our Therapists Have Fur!
Meet Dave!He is a trained facility dog that helps brain injury patients at Bancroft NeuroRehab. Dave is a graduate from the Canine Companions for Independence and is trained as a mobility service dog. He works alongside his handler, Dr. Carolyn Tassini, a board-certified neurologic physical therapist and rehabilitation supervisor at Bancroft NeuroRehab’s Mt. Laurel outpatient center.
Brain Injuries and the Elderly: A Silent Threat
Brain injuries can look much different in adults over 65. A local neuropsychologist discusses what to look for - and when to seek help.Anyone with an aging loved one likely knows the feeling: Wondering when and how you’ll recognize if your loved one needs help, when the time comes. But sometimes, the biggest concerns are often the silent ones. One of the most common causes of concern among older adults is traumatic brain injury - responsible for more than 80,000 emergency room visits each year among people over 65.
Exercise Your Mind: Physical Activity Boosts More than Your Physique
March is Brain Injury Awareness month, and to spread awareness, one local physical therapist shares ways to get your body and mind in shapeWe can all appreciate that wonderful feeling we have after exercising, whether we take a walk in the park, a jog around the neighborhood, visit a fitness center or even enjoy a bit of dancing – and we have endorphins to thank. This feel-good chemical, released during physical activity, helps block discomfort and pain, and can even lead to a feeling of euphoria (you’ve surely heard of a “runner’s high”). It’s no secret regular physical activity boosts our bodies and moods – but you may not realize its other benefits, especially for individuals who have sustained a brain injury.
Slips and falls a leading cause of concussion: 3 Ways to avoid injury this Winter
Forget football! Accidental slips and falls are one of the leading causes of concussions – especially during this icy time of year. And since a seemingly mild bump on the head can have lifelong effects including balance and memory changes, it’s crucial to prevent these mishaps. Fortunately, a few simple tips can greatly reduce your chances of injury: Appropriate footwear First, and most obviously, don’t be a slave to fashion this winter. Forgo fancy footwear and opt for sturdy shoes with a grooved sole. I recommend investing in a pair of Yaktrax or similar shoe accessory that slip right over any flat shoe to provide extra grip and traction in slush.