Did you know that over 600,000 elderly Americans are treated in an emergency room due to accidents in their homes and falls are the #1 cause of fatal accidents for the elderly? These alarming numbers can be reduced with simple changes and modifications that will make a home safer and more comfortable to live in.
When it comes to home safety, start from the floor and go up. Everywhere you walk in your home needs to be free from clutter. Stacks of newspapers and magazines can cause you to trip. Electrical cords that must be stepped over are very dangerous. Throw rugs are notorious for causing falls – throw them out. These are simple changes that may save you a trip to the hospital.
If you love to travel, retirement can give you an opportunity to take all those fantastic trips you’ve been putting off. But where should you go?
Many seniors keep a “bucket list” of dream travel destinations and cross a few of those travel goals off the list after every vacation. If you’re wondering what to put on your list, consider some of these popular favorites from Smithsonian Magazine. Many of them even offer great senior discounts!
Fallingwater is the famous house by Frank Lloyd Wright that is built over a waterfall in Pennsylvania. It’s the ultimate American dream home, and for many people, it’s the trip of a lifetime. The Fallingwater Visitor Center recommends that seniors wear comfortable walking shoes and alerts visitors to the fact that the home features more than 100 steps. If mobility is a concern, however, you can get to the site by shuttle.
As a person ages, the body naturally experiences changes in center of gravity and a loss of muscle strength. These changes put seniors at risk for falling and can lead to serious injury or even death. One in three people over the age of 65 take a bad fall each year, with two-thirds of those falls happening at home.
Falls can have a detrimental effect on a person’s ability to live an independent life. An otherwise healthy senior who has fallen may suffer a broken hip or a head injury. Injuries of this type require hospitalization and lengthy recoveries, frequently in a long-term care facility. The physical and emotional tolls that a senior suffers during this period can be life altering and strip a senior of an independent life.