Assistive Devices For Seniors - 10 Tips for Health and Safety in Aging

As we age, it’s important that we pay careful attention to our safety and health to ensure a high quality of life. We have put together 10 important health and safety tips to serve as a guideline.

10 Quick Tips to Maintain Health and Safety in Aging

Use Assistive Devices

Using assistive devices can help reduce the risk of injury and accidents. If you have difficulty getting around or struggle with mobility, consider using assistive devices like canes or walkers to prevent falls.

Keep Emergency Contact Information Readily Available

It’s important to keep emergency contact information on hand and within easy reach. Make sure you have the contact information for your healthcare provider, family members, and emergency services.

Stay Active

Regular physical activity can help maintain strength and balance while reducing the risk of falls. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day to stay healthy. Check out Active Aging – Living a Fulfilling Life in your Golden Years.

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Maintain Good Balance

Good balance is crucial to reducing the risk of injury and falls. Practicing balance exercises like standing on one foot or yoga can help improve balance.

Take Steps to Avoid Falls

To avoid falls, take steps such as removing hazards from your home, wearing proper footwear, and using assistance devices.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise can help maintain strength and balance, while also reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, or 30 minutes per day. After all, it’s fitness for a lifetime, not just senior fitness.

Regularly Review and Update Your Medication Regimen

It’s important to regularly review and update your medication regimen with your health care provider ensuring you are taking the right medication and dosage.

Practice Good Hygiene to Avoid Infection

As we age, our immune system weakens. Practicing good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands regularly, can help prevent the spread of infections.

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Protect Yourself from Financial Scam

Unfortunately, older adults are often targeted by scammers. To avoid financial scams, be wary of unsolicited phone calls, never give out sensitive information, and always verify the identity of person you are speaking with.

Stay Socially Engaged

Social isolation can negatively impact our overall health. Stay socially engaged by joining clubs or groups that interest you or simply staying in touch with friends and family. See Making Fresh Connections in Senior Living.

By following these tips for health and safety in aging, you will help ensure the best quality of life as you age. Remember, always consult with your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise regimen or making changes to your medication.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

If you, a family member or friends are in need of support for healthy aging, contact us, we are here to guide you in navigating your roadmap to aging well.

Cindy Koch

Cindy Koch, MA

Certified Placement & Referral Specialist (CPRS) | Owner

Aging at 5280 is here to help elders and their families navigate through the healthcare system and customize a plan to meet their needs.