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Safety is Still Important for Active Seniors Over 70

There was a recent article in the news that espoused the fact that ‘65’ was no longer considered ‘old.’ The United Nations once designated 50 as a time when a person was considered old. That designation essentially focused on a person’s ability to pursue a variety of activities, most of which may require some level of physical strength, dexterity, and endurance.

Today, people in their mid to late 60s and even into their 70s are still active, going for hikes, riding bicycles, playing sports, and doing a wide range of activities that keep them in good physical condition. Just because a person has reached 70 doesn’t mean life is essentially over. In fact, for some, even if they recently retired they can now finally able to pursue life on their terms, in their own way, with enthusiasm and excitement.

For seniors, though, safety will become an increasing issue.

Just because people in their 70s are incredibly active, busy, hiking, bicycling, going to the beach, walking, and doing so much more doesn’t mean they aren’t at an increased risk of certain safety issues. Even people who are exercising regularly will begin to lose strength over time. As they move through their 70s and into their 80s, their balance will become compromised, it will become more difficult to climb a ladder, get up on a step ladder, and do other things around the house.

It may even become more unsettling for some to take a shower.

Imagine having less strength and balance, stepping into the tub, your foot catching a slick part, and you lose your balance for just a moment. In your younger years your body would have twisted to maintain balance, but you likely were able to stay upright.

A person in their late 70s or 80s won’t likely have the same dexterity or reflexes. That little slip could become a devastating fall that results in extensive injuries. That’s why safety needs to be a top concern for people as they get older.

No, life does not have to end when a person turns 70; in fact, for some it can just be starting.

However, safety should be a top priority for them and those who care about them. There are plenty of ways to keep seniors safer at home, not the least of which are various modifications, including installing grab bars, a stair lift, and improving lighting. Also, relying on the support of an experienced home care aide can also be essential, especially to take care of various tasks around the house or property.


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Christy Swadkins

Christy Swadkins is the owner of Golden Heart Senior Care serving Summerlin and the Las Vegas area.Her personal and professional background brings a unique and rich quality to the care she provides for her clients.

Christy has a M.A. degree in Psychology and has worked helping families for over 25 years. She has worked in various settings including social service agencies, nursing homes and schools. Christy's ultimate professional goal is to use her talents and experience to make a difference in the lives of others.

Several years ago Christy's dad started showing signs of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Her family was faced with emotionally challenging decisions and she realized how difficult this situation can be for families. Christy wanted to use her personal experience to support others who are in the process of taking care of their elderly loved ones.

Christy has developed an exceptional support program for those providing care for elderly family members. Educational information and emotional support is available to help families cope with the stress and physical demands of caring for senior loved ones. It is Christy's philosophy that each stage of life is precious and individuals of all ages need to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.

Christy seeks out Golden Heart team members who demonstrate a nurturing, respectful and professional demeanor.Christy truly appreciates the caregivers who work for Golden Heart and provides them with exceptional educational, emotional and professional support.

Christy is honored to be supporting the families of the Las Vegas valley.