If you’re in your 40s or 50s, how do you feel? Do you feel like you’re in your 40s or 50s? Some days you very well might be, especially after a tough workout or a long tennis match. Most of the time, though, when your joints and muscles aren’t aching, you may feel no different than you had in your late 20s or 30s.
That phenomenon continues throughout life. That means people in their 70s or 80s may still feel like they’re in their 60s. They might have lost a significant amount of their strength which can affect their balance. These seniors simply may not be aware of those changes because they happen slowly and subtly over time.
That also means some people might not worry about their safety.
If a senior is still feeling like he or she is in their 60s, they might be inclined to grab a stepladder to get something down from a closet, the kitchen cabinets, or even the attic. They might take the ladder outside to clean the gutters in the spring. They may not think twice about these issues.
Every senior should focus on their safety.
Even though an elderly person may still be capable of tending to their own basic care, that won’t always be the case. They are one minor mishap and slip away from a devastating injury.
It’s time for their family to sit down and talk about these issues with them.
This doesn’t mean the senior has to give up the activities he or she is doing right now. It doesn’t mean they have to stop taking care of their house, their lawn, or even playing golf and doing other activities they enjoy. It simply means they need to pay more attention to their safety.
There might be certain things they should avoid. They might consider asking somebody for help getting items down from the closet or the attic. They may benefit by hiring a home care aide for a couple of hours once or twice a week so they can accomplish certain tasks that need to get done.
If a senior is not focused on his or her safety, the risk of serious injuries will actually increase over time. No family wants that for their loved ones. It’s time to sit down and discuss various risk factors and how home care and other support services may be beneficial.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Edina, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.