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Falling…This is the #1 issue that we have to think about as we age. Falling can have a devastating effect on a senior’s life. Everything can be going just fine and one fall can change a senior’s life.
A fall can happen in a split second and have huge consequences. My goal here is not to scare you, it is to help you prevent a fall in the first place. Click Here to read my article on Fall Prevention in the Elderly.
If you have already fallen you know how devastating it can be. My father who is 88 has fallen a couple of times. The first time was in the kitchen and the second time was in his bedroom. Fortunately, I live with my father and I was there to help him.
It is terrifying when an older person falls, both for the senior and the person who is with them. My father was very lucky both times not to severely hurt himself. He had minor injuries but it could have been so much worse.
There are many reasons why an elderly person falls. The first fall was caused by my father having problems swallowing a pill. It got lodged in his throat and it caused him to panic and he lost his balance. I heard a large thump and found him on the floor.
The second time was in his bedroom and he was trying to get something heavy off the shelf. In both cases he was unable to keep his balance, causing him to fall. Many senior’s do not want to ask for help, thinking they are a burden.
After both falls I told my father, “please ask me to help you!” Senior’s living alone need someone checking up on them at least once a day. Unfortunately, some senior’s are left alone with very little help, they become invisible to the outside world…
There are services such as Care Checkers that will check in on a senior as often as you like, they do charge a fee for this service but it can be a solution if you know of a senior who is alone.
There is also and app that was created for families to provide 24/7 protection which will alert you when a fall occurs. It also has a ton of features, such as free daily phone calls. I receive no money for recommending this product. If you would like to read more on this app Click Here.
As a community I feel it is our duty to help our seniors. Charity does begin at home but there some awesome charities that we can get involved in that benefit seniors. To read more on the 7 top charities Click Here.
Changing Social Climate… This is a big problem for the elderly. Technology is constantly changing and for senior’s, this can be a nightmare. Emails, smart phones, apps, electronics. Even for younger folks it it hard to stay ahead of technology.
Most senior’s just give up on this. Not to mention health issues such as low vision, dementia and hearing issues, just to name a few. My father is constantly asking me to look something on the computer. A computer to him is something abstract.
The problem is that many things today can only be accomplished by using technology. I know of another elderly lady that has very poor vision. Her family bought her a new television and she can not work it. She can’t even turn it on and off without assistance.
Her tv stays on 24/7 and she watches the same channel. As you can see, something as easy as a television can be very difficult for some senior’s… One solution to some of these issues are to simplify.
The first thing to accomplish this, is to listen. We sometimes tend to quickly do it for them and move on. All this does it set them up for failure for the next time they need something done. There is always another way to accomplish something, you sometimes have to think, “out of the box!”
Look at the problem from their point of view. Make a list of problems they are having. It might not be easy but there is always a solution…
Thanks for reading my Home Page, please leave a comment down below if you have any questions or concerns. If you have an idea or a topic that you would like to discuss, that would help a senior, I would love to hear from you!
Dan, founder of seniorsafetyadvisor.com