Did you know that falls are a leading cause of serious injuries in older adults? The chance of falling increases as we get older. Health problems such as arthritis, heart disease, muscle weakness, poor balance or vision, foot problems, parkinson’s disease, dementia and even certain medications can increase your chance of falling. Dangerous things around the home – slippery throw rugs, and poor lighting, for example – make falls more likely as well.
A century ago only four out of every hundred people in the U.S. were age 65 or older. Today that number is 12 of every 100, and older adults make up the fastest growing part of our population. While growing older is inevitable, many people don’t realize that there are many things we can all do that will help us stay healthy as we age. The following guide can help you enjoy better health and greater independence in later life.
With a growing number of older adults living independently, it’s increasingly important to make sure that they’re safe at home. Falls, burns, and poisonings are among the most common accidents involving older people. Older adults who live alone may also become the victims of criminals who target older people.
If you’re an older adult living on your own, or care for an older person living alone, here’s what you need