Safety as we Age | As we age, our bodies go through changes that affect our health and safety. But it’s important that you don’t feel like you have to hide from people or assume your situation is unusual. It’s normal for older adults to experience some kinds of change, such as slowing down or having more serious health problems. In fact, most changes are expected and common for many older people.
We at Lucky’s Home Care would like to inform you of the most important health safety tips so that you can enjoy your golden years safely.
*Use assistance devices and hand railing when using steps.
* Supportive shoes.
* Regular eye examine.
* Drive safely during the day
*Don’t rush to answer the phone. Many people fall trying to answer the phone.
*Never put place scatter rugs on the bottom or top of the stairs and tape area rugs.
*Use a special chair in the shower and get a raised toilet seat.
*Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector.
*Ask your pharmacist to put large-print labels on your medications.
*Never let a stranger in your home when you are alone.
*Talk over offers made by a telephone salesperson with a friend or family member.
As we reach old age, our bodies change in many ways. Our bones become thinner and less dense. We lose muscle mass, which makes it harder to move about. Our senses become less sharp, which can make it difficult to avoid dangerous situations or accidents. All these changes make it more likely that you will have an injury or illness that affects your ability to take care of yourself. The way you get around also changes as you get older. You may need a cane or wheelchair to help you walk, or you may have trouble getting into a car without help.
Older adults are more vulnerable than other age groups to crime, abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Older adults may have more trouble defending themselves and reporting crimes against them. Many older adults have medical conditions that make them more likely to be injured if they fall or become the victim of a crime such as robbery. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) reports that crime is the leading cause of death for Americans aged 65 and older.
In order to protect yourself from becoming a victim of crime or abuse, it is important to know what resources are available in your community so that you can take advantage of them.