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Is it normal for my parent to fall in a nursing home?

The news is grim when it comes to falls and the elderly. In fact, the National Council on Aging reports that "Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs."

Small cars fare worse than large cars in accidents

There are plenty of reasons why Mississippi drivers may want to purchase a small car. Small cars are generally less expensive, have better fuel economy and are easier to maneuver and park. However, the downside is that small cars fare worse than larger vehicles in certain types of crashes.

Many drivers believe they can drive and text safely

Mississippi drivers may be texting and driving even though they think others doing so is dangerous. Progressive Insurance conducted an online survey in August of about 1,000 people who were not their customers and found that although around 34 percent said they were confident in their ability to text and drive safely, nearly two-thirds said they believed texting and driving was the main cause of traffic accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2015, distracted driving was a factor in motor vehicle accidents that killed 3,477 people and injured 391,000.

Daytime running headlights offer substantial safety benefits

Running a vehicle's headlights throughout the day may seem insignificant, but studies prove that a little extra visibility reduces the rate of car accidents. Although only about one-quarter of new vehicles for sale in Mississippi and around the country include daytime running headlights in their standard packages, the data should encourage everyone to make a conscious effort to leave their headlights on at all times.

Lesser known signs of nursing home negligence

Nursing home negligence is a daily occurrence in Jackson. Many local nursing homes do not have enough trained staff to accommodate the population. If you must send your parent to live in a nursing facility because you and your family do not have the time or resources to care for her or him, you should take time to carefully review your options. 

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