Ashley Brantley

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Ashley Brantley has been writing about food, culture and health for more than a decade, and has lived in three of Tennessee’s four major cities (Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville). As Content Producer/Writer at bohan Advertising, she is a writer, editor and social media strategist.

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Senior Health Spotlight: Fall Prevention Guide

Falls are the leading cause of injuries and injury deaths among older adults in Tennessee, yet few people understand why. But there are simple steps older adults can take to prevent them. Why are falls so dangerous? A fall can often trigger other problems, even for otherwise healthy older adults. Falls can: Cause broken bones, commonly hip fractures Cause traumatic brain injury Create the conditions for other chronic diseases (illnesses that might not have been present before the fall) to emerge Decrease a person’s quality of life Make it more difficult to continue living independently People who fall are 2-3 times more likely to fall again, and the likelihood of injury or death increases with each fall. What causes a fall? There are many factors that contribute to a fall, but for most people, it’s a combination of things: People experience a deterioration of eyesight, hearing and reflexes as they age Diabetes, heart disease, or circulation problems can affect balance Medicines cause dizziness, drowsiness or confusion Muscles become weaker, leading to problems with balance and gait …