Falls aren’t just painful; they’re scary, too. Then, before we know it, our shaken confidence and fear of falling starts to change our lifestyle. Less gardening, less shopping, less movement. Before we know it, that new “lifestyle of less” snowballs into decline.
AARP suggests that 90 percent of seniors would prefer to age in place in their own homes, but may be overlooking a vital part of successfully aging in place: home safety modifications.
I have a neighbor named Jack. His wife passed away in 1994 from breast cancer and his two daughters live far away, so I’m a caregiver of sorts, checking in on him daily just to be sure he’s okay. He’s 92 years old now, and becoming more frail and unsteady on his feet.
Clutter — it stresses us out, bogs us down and makes our lives feel chaotic. For many older adults, clutter can also be a household hazard, threatening to cause debilitating falls. From stray shoes to piles of books, seemingly harmless objects can become some of biggest sources of mental and physical strife.
Your living space is your refuge from the world, our special place to rest and relax. But, when you don’t take the right precautions, it can also be a dangerous place.
With warmer weather, sunnier days and everything slowly coming into bloom, many of us have summer travels on our mind. This season is the perfect time for an extended getaway, but before you hit the road (or skies or seas) there are a few senior safety concerns you’ll need to address.
Even if you’re living in an area with mild winters, few things are more welcome than the sun and warmth of summer. But when it comes to summer in the Northwest Valley, the extreme heat can make for an uncomfortable season if your house isn’t prepared.
Trips, stumbles, slips and falls happen to the best of us whether we’re outside or at home. However, as we age, a simple fall can mean more than a little bruise. For older adults, a spill can lead to a broken bone, a hospital stint, a lengthy recovery and a reduction in your personal independence.