According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), slips and falls are the two leading causes of injuries and deaths among adults 65 and older. Each year, approximately 7500 adults, 65 and older, die from injuries sustained in a fall.
Simple precautions and some easy modifications to your home can help reduce the danger of slips and falls.
1. Keep floors and stairs clear of clutter, such as newspapers, shoes, toys, and other items that you can easily trip over
2. Use non-skid pads under area rugs and run electrical cords as closely to the wall as possible. Wear non-skid slippers on tile and hardwood floors
3. Place slip-resistant decals at the bottom of the shower and bathtub
4. Install grab bars in the shower, in the bathtub, and near the toilet and make sure the bathmat has a non-skid underlay
5. Keep stairs well lit on and install hand-rails on both sides of the stairway or, if necessary, purchase a stair lift
6. Always grip the handrails when walking up and down the stairs, and make sure that the carpet is firmly attached to steps
7. Use only step stools with top handrails, gripper strips on the top, and non-slip rubber tips on the legs
8. Store heavy objects at waist-level or lower
9. Keep a sheet of telephone numbers and emergency contacts next to each of your telephone sets
10. Invest in an All-Guard emergency alert button to wear around your neck and enjoy independent living and peace of mind knowing that help is only the push of a button away
And last: stay active, do some light exercises every day, eat healthy, and keep your mind busy but most importantly – enjoy your twilight years and live your life to the fullest.