Over 600,000 Playground Injuries in 2012

In 2012, more than 600,000 children were injured at playgrounds, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This included about 210,000 children hurt on monkey bars or other climbing structures, more than 151,000 injured on swing sets, more than 125,000 injured on slides, more than 10,000 hurt on seesaws or teeterboards and 56,000 injured…

Elder Abuse: Dangers of Pressure Ulcers

Bed Sores Pressure ulcers, also referred to as pressure sores or bedsores, are injuries to skin and underlying tissues that result from prolonged pressure on the skin.[1]  Pressure ulcers often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body including the heels, ankles, buttocks, or hips. Pressure ulcers can be alleviated and potentially prevented…

Study Indicates Improvements in Mental Capacities of Elderly

Mental Capacity Retention in Elderly Mental Capacity Study A recent study that compared a group of elders born 15 years apart revealed that elders might be retaining their mental capacity, despite old age. Danish researchers conducted a 4,000-person study to analyze the mental capacity of the aging population. Both tested in their mid-nineties, the group…

Illinois Elder Abuse Hotline

Nursing Home Abuse Hotline Elder Abuse Hotline in Illinois If you have witnessed abuse behavior of an elderly person or are concerned that someone you know is being abused or neglected, report it to the Elder Abuse Hotline in Illinois.[1] All reports are subject to strict confidentiality provisions, except as provided by law. How to…

Elder Abuse: The Harm of Physical Restraints

Nursing Home Abuse: Physical Restraints Physical Restraints The use of physical restraints is a source of concern for nursing home families, loved ones, and advocates for residents.  “Physical restraints” are defined as any manual method or physical or mechanical device, material, or equipment attached or adjacent to the resident’s body that the individual cannot remove…

Heat Wave Danger: A Factor in 3 Chicago Deaths

Danger to Elderly People Heat Wave According to a staff report by the Chicago Tribune, the autopsy of a west suburban woman revealed that heat contributed to her death, bringing the death count to three in which the recent heat was a factor. Two women died earlier this week and heat stress was a contributing…

Elder Care: Heat Stroke Risk

Hot Temperatures Dangerous for Elderly A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that even a 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit increase in temperature during the summer can increase death rates for elderly people who have a chronic health condition.[1] One health risk posed to the elderly as a result of rising temperatures is…

How to Ensure a Positive Visit to Your Loved One?

How Can I Ensure a Positive Visit to a Loved One in a Nursing Home? Visiting your loved one in a nursing home is fundamental to sustaining their general health. Studies show that the more connected the elderly are with others, the better they will fare on tests of memory and cognition.[1] Committing to spending…

Nursing Home Reform in Illinois

Nursing Home Rights How Can I Make Nursing Home Care Reform Better in Illinois? Legislation reform is one of the primary ways to respond to the inadequate care practices of nursing homes. The treatment of residents will likely improve substantially if the federal and state regulations are responsive to abusive and neglectful behavior occurring on…

Motorcycle Collides with Truck on I-80

Illinois Motorcycle Accidents Motorcycle and Truck Collide Over the past two days, there have been two horrific collisions between motorcycles and trucks. During the summer months, motorcycle riding increases and it is essential that everyone be aware of their surroundings while on the road. Below are two accounts in the last two days of a…