Today, I have a guest post by fellow blogger Paul Denikin. Paul runs the website DadKnowsDIY.com. After the birth of his second child, one who was born with special needs, Paul learned how to modify his home based on the needs of his daughter and has taken that knowledge and shared it with the world. Please give him a warm welcome.
Although our physical and, even mental, health may change the older we get, one important thing many seniors don’t want to have to give up is their independence, even when they’ve been diagnosed with illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s. One thing seniors, and especially those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other senior-related illnesses should pay close attention to is their risk of falling. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to prevent falls from occurring. Here are a few helpful hints:
Make any necessary home modifications. This guide from Colorado State University has many suggestions on making your home safer, from installing handrails throughout your residence to keeping a flashlight in every room should your power ever flicker. The easier it is for you to move from room to room, the less risk you have of falling.
Take care of your physical health. Our dietary and physical activity needs change with age, but it’s still important to make sure you are taking care of yourself. This article from the National Institute on Aging offers a wealth of information on what type of eating plan may be best for you. Another way to keep your body strong and protect it from falls is to exercise. Swimming regularly is a great option.
Get some rest. Your body and mind need time to reset each night so you can be focused the next day, so a full night of sleep is important. Having sharper mental clarity is essential in keeping you alert in your daily routine, and critical in reducing your risk of falling.
Manage your medications carefully. Unfortunately, some side effects of the prescription or over-the-counter medicines we take can cause us to become lethargic or dizzy, which can make falling an even greater risk. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about solutions or possible alternatives.
Living at home in your golden years is a wonderful thing – and taking some extra safety steps will help ensure you get the most out of your experience.