When we witness our parents and other family members getting older, we often see the physical changes in their abilities. We start to notice, more acutely, safety issues we never thought about before. For example, when we are in our 20s, 30s, and 40s, we have a tendency to run up and down the stairs, especially when we’re in a hurry.
However, when we notice a parent in their 70s taking their time, sometimes struggling to get up the last couple of steps, we start to realize how much we take for granted. When we see somebody lose their balance because they’re trying to do things a little bit too quickly, we urge them to slow down, often without thinking about ourselves and how we, too, need to slow down.
When you begin focusing on building a safer environment for a senior or other individual in your life, it can highlight your own risks you might be taking unnecessarily.
One of the most dangerous things on the roads today is distracted driving. It could be by a cell phone, changing the radio station, eating, putting on makeup, trying to read the newspaper, and so on. Yes, these are things people are observed doing every single day all across the country.
When we have an elderly parent or other family member slowing down, having difficulty behind the wheel, we focus on trying to get them to give up that license to drive, or at least become more attuned to what’s going on around them, but then we get in the car and before we know it we’re at our destination and don’t really recollect getting there.
Rushing up and down stairs.
As mentioned earlier, when people are younger and healthier and stronger, they have a tendency to move quicker. If you’re rushing up and down the stairs, it’s time to slow down, at least a little bit. You might be confident in your steps, but catching your toe while running up the steps or a slight slip, turn of the ankle, or something else can cause you to fall down and be injured.
Slipping in the tub.
Grab bars and a shower seat are a great asset for seniors to keep them safer when bathing, and a minor slip could lead to a devastating fall for somebody who can’t regain their balance as easily. If you slip in the tub, you might regain your balance and not think twice about it, but keeping traction and having something to hold onto can be great for people of all ages because, believe it or not, many people are seriously injured performing this basic tasks of personal hygiene every year.