All Our Health: personalised care and population health
Healthcare professionals can help prevent illnesses and promote overall well being.
All Our Health is a promotion from healthcare professionals to get the word out about their practices and provide information to help keep people from getting ill, promote well being, as well as resilience.
- This is the second release of the All Our Health program.
- Supports being healthy, general well being, and independence
- Advice from healthcare professional can help a person stay independent and in their best health.
Falls and fractures
Falls and fractures are common injuries for older adults. It is important to reduce this rate so they can live independently.
A fall is an event that happens when a person rests on the ground and is not the result of another health conditions or a hazard. Falls happen all the time to people of any age. Falls can occur more frequently as a person ages which can lead to head injuries as well as hip fractures.
Many things can put a person at risk for a fall;
- Biological factors
- Environmental risk factors
- Behavioural risk
Common risks factors for elders include weakened muscles as well as poor balance. People that suffer from certain medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, dementia, or diabetes are more likely to suffer a fall.
According to the College of Occupational Therapists, there are some home factors such as carpeting and certain behaviours that can put a person at an increased risk for a fall. They including standing on a chair or getting in and out of the bathtub.
Many falls are from a combination of risk factors. Older people with osteoporosis are at the greatest risk of falling.
Dementia: All Our Health
Healthcare professionals work hard to improve the health and the independence of people with dementia.
Dementia is the term that is used for a condition that includes memory loss, reasoning problems, perception issues, as well as trouble with the communication skills. This condition can also reduce a person’s ability to do daily things such as cooking, washing, and even getting dressed.
Throughout the world, it is estimated that there are 44 million people that have dementia. By 2030 this number is expected to double. In the UK there are 850,000 people with dementia. This condition not only affects the person but their families as well.
Currently, there is not a cure for dementia. Healthcare providers are looking to give the public information on how they can reduce the risk for dementia. They work in teams and can help promote a healthy lifestyle for people of any age to stay healthy. There are some tips that everyone can follow. They include:
- Become physically active
- Eat a healthy diet
- Stay at a healthy weight
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Do not smoke
- Develop social relationships with people.
Smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing dementia. It doubles a person’s risk due to narrowing the blood vessels in both the brain and the heart. This will cause additional stress in the brain and deprive it of oxygen. This leads to damage that cannot be reversed.