How much of a focus do you place on the safety of an elderly family member? As people get older they will lose strength. When dealing with certain health issues, including a medical emergency such as a heart attack or stroke, elderly individuals may experience increased safety issues.
It’s important to pay attention to potential emergencies or safety concerns before they become exceedingly problematic. There are plenty of benefits to focusing on safety for elderly individuals, including the three listed below.
Benefit #1: You can help them avoid mishaps.
Far too often we take our safety for granted, especially as younger, healthier, and stronger individuals. When we don’t think much about our ability to go up and down stairs, we may rush, not thinking twice about carrying items instead of holding onto the handrail, and more.
For somebody who has diminished physical capacities, those little mishaps can lead to serious injuries. It doesn’t take much for somebody with diminished strength in their legs to lose their balance. When they begin losing their balance, the less strength they have, the tougher it is for them to regain it.
Benefit #2: It can help reduce mortality rates.
Every year after a person turns 65 their risk of mortality from serious injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident increase. In fact, the mortality risk increases 4% every year if a person 65 or over breaks their hip (Schnell et al). By the time they’re in their 80s there is a one in four chance they won’t survive more than a year after a broken hip.
When you focus on safety, you can help the elderly individual in your life reduce the risk of a slip and fall accident and subsequently reduce their mortality rates directly connected to injuries from these types of accidents.
Benefit #3: You can help them stay active.
The more active people are, the more likely they will stay stronger. Muscles require exercise to stay as strong as possible. Unfortunately, as people get older they have a tendency to cut back on their exercise regimen. It will certainly take longer for a person in their late 60s to maintain muscle mass and strength, but it’s well worth it.
When a person isn’t fighting injuries or going through recovery they can stay active in the things that interest them the most, especially with regard to physically exerting endeavors.