Elderly woman holding hands with a carerFor many the risk of falling and potentially injuring themselves is a very real possibility. And the fear of doing so can cause equally as much stress, anxiety and panic.

However, whilst statistics demonstrate that many falls do not result in major harm, a large number of non-injured fallers ? approximately 47% – cannot get up without assistance. It is therefore essential to evaluate the risks, implement numerous prevention methods, and have Assistive Technology in place to ensure a carer is notified.

In our latest blog post we discuss and outline the varying associated risks and how you, a carer, or family member can prevent the risk of falls.

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Drawing of brainwaves during Epilepsy Unfortunately Epilepsy, like many other medical conditions, is not widely understood; affecting more than 65 million people worldwide. It is therefore crucial to not only raise awareness of the condition itself, but to dispel any associated myths.

Here at Alert-iT we often hear or are presented with a number of questions that, to us at least, should be more widely understood. From questioning whether Epilepsy is contagious to speculating whether individuals with the condition can lead normal, day to day lives.

However, there are some myths and preconceptions which often need a little more explanation. The question surrounding whether Epilepsy is hereditary is more complex than a simple yes or no answer where research is ongoing. Therefore we thought we?d provide you with a brief overview in our latest blog. Find out more below:

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Naidex conference logo 2016 Following the resounding success of last year?s event, the team at Alert-iT will once again be heading to Birmingham for the annual Naidex Exhibition. Taking place in just a week?s time, the three day event has been coined the most established exhibition of the independent living industry.

Running for the past 42 years, the event has been successful in presenting and supporting the independent living community for more than four decades. As the only place where trade visitors, healthcare professional, and consumers come together to discover the latest products and innovations, Naidex is certainly at the forefront of innovation. Find out more about the event and why you should attend below:

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Woman undergoing acupuncture - needles placed in a line on her back Herbal and traditional medicines have become increasingly popular as they are used by individuals across the world to treat a variety of ailments. From dietary pills to herbal supplements it is clear that unconventional methods to improve health and overall wellbeing are ?being sought.

And it is often the case that such herbal remedies prove to actually relieve varying medical symptoms.

In the UK t is thought that just 70% of individuals who have Epilepsy see positive improvement with their prescribed Anti-Epileptic Drugs (AEDs). Therefore many seek Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAM) in a bid to control their seizures and other related symptoms. As a result we have decided to take a look at the rise in discussion regarding acupuncture and Epilepsy below:

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Purple Day ribbon in aid of Epilepsy Every March thousands of people across the globe come together for the internationally recognised Epilepsy awareness month. Yes, on 26th March the world will turn purple again as people raise awareness, understanding, and money for the condition.

And just as we did last year, the team at Alert-iT are getting involved. And we want you to as well.

Reasons For You To Get Involved

Despite more than 50 million people around the world living with epilepsy, 600,000 of those in the UK, epilepsy is not a widely understood condition. And this needs to change.

Epilepsy is a rare condition and even with today?s medical advances cannot be cured. With 87 people in Great Britain diagnosed with epilepsy every day, the condition is more common in children and older adults. It is therefore important that we all continue to raise awareness and help people understand that we should never stigmatise those who have may have epilepsy.

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Four plastic dolls holding hands with tthe word Autismn underneathWhether on the television or radio, in the last week news segments have highlighted a recent report that has found individuals with autism are sadly dying earlier than the general population. Whilst a number of factors could be at play, the latest findings suggest this is in large due to Epilepsy and suicide.

What Is Autism?

In brief autism is a development disability that will affect how a person communicates with and relates to other people, as well as the world around them. In fact, this condition affects approximately 700,000 people in the United Kingdom.

As a spectrum condition, all autistic people will share certain difficulties, but will be impacted in different ways with symptoms that range from mild to severe. In general there are three main areas of difficulty which all people with autism share: difficulty with social communication; with social interaction; and with social imagination. Some individuals may also have accompanying learning disabilities, and may experience over ? or under ? sensitivity to sounds, touch, taste, smells, light or colours.

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Central Hall Westminster on grey cloudy dayEvery year the team at Alert-iT attend a host of events, seminars, and exhibitions. They?re a great opportunity for us to meet new people, further our knowledge about the industry, and gather information in regards to the latest in medical research and advancements.

This week, the annual epilepsy conference is taking place at the Central Hall in Westminster, London. However, we can?t make every event, which is why we thought we?d take this opportunity provide you with a little more information regarding the day. Find out more about the event and how Alert-iT could help you below:

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Notepad with Vitamin D sunshine and notesWith continuous exploration and a handful of studies and research running at any one time, we often come across new findings within the Epilepsy community.

And this month there have been more conclusions between the correlation of vitamin D and epilepsy; particularly amongst children.

Individuals with epilepsy more often than not turn to medications in an attempt to reduce their seizures. Whilst 70% of those who do so experience positive changes with the right treatment, others may face side effects such as vitamin deficiency. Read here for more information:

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Staff from Alert-iT and Fable at Sheffield United footbal ground. Players drawing competition winnersIt has been a pretty fast paced start to the year here at Alert-iT and it?s hard to believe that it is already February.

But despite the days running by you may remember that throughout December we ran yet another Epilepsy Awareness Campaign which aimed to inform you, whether you have epilepsy or care for someone who does, of the increased risks the season can bring.

Our useful?Christmas How-To Guide provided you with an introduction to the potential risks associated with Christmas followed by achievable solutions and actionable tips. Digging out a host of blog posts from our 2014 campaign, the team compiled even more informative pieces of information such as our guide to seizure first aid.

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Stack of pancakes with berries and syrupWith Shrove Tuesday just around the corner pancakes should traditionally be on the menu. Whether breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert they are a sweet or savoury treat enjoyed by many. Opt for thick and fluffy American style or French Crepes and finish with a topping of whatever your desire.

However, for those who are currently on the Ketogenic Diet, either child or adult, such foods may prove a slight issues in terms of suitable ingredients. But worry no more as we highlight exactly what is suitable and provide some recipe suggestions in our latest blog:

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