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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Cataract Surgery Associated With Reduced Odds of Hip Fracture

Hip FractureMedicare patients aged 65 and older who underwent cataract surgery had a lower risk of hip fracture one year after the procedure when compared with patients with cataracts who did not have cataract surgery, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Visual impairment has been found to be strongly associated with an increased risk of fractures, a significant cause of illness and death in the elderly population. “Specifically, vision plays an important role in providing a reference frame for postural balance and stability, and cataract-induced changes in vision have been found to be associated with postural instability,” according to background information in the article.

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The American Foundation for the Blind Offers eLearning Training on Aging and Visual Impairment to the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind

eLearningThe Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB) in partnership with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is providing training to all 26 PAB Member Agencies, Staff, Board Members and Volunteers through AFB’s Senior Site eLearning Center On Aging And Visual Impairment. Each individual has access to 21 mini-courses, periodic webinars, access to “Ask the Expert” blogs by leading experts, and continuing education credits for staff. The President and CEO of PAB, Elaine Welch, says; “These ELearners are gaining a great understanding of aging and vision loss, while becoming more prepared to meet the needs of our communities. We are proud of our dedicated CEOs and staff members committed to continuing their education and this would not be as easily accessible without the help of the American Foundation for the Blind.”

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