Watch Your Step Be Prepared. Hi.I’m an active senior and recently one of my golf partners took a nasty fall. At our age there is always that concern about banging our heads, or landing hard on a shoulder, hip or knee. Sad but true: “old age isn't for sissies. ” But how many of us think that applies to us? Certainly not me! Hmm…let me re-phrase that: it hadn’t occurred to me until I broke my back in a fluke accident and got a wake-up call. There are enough stories out there about falling and not being able to get to a phone (particularly worrisome for people who value their independence and are living alone), simple tumbles that cause complicated and multi-surgery joint injuries, slipping in the shower, etc. that it makes sense to at least get somewhat informed about all this. Be Prepared – it’s as true today as when I was earning merit badges for my Girl Scout sash. When you go for a wellness checkup, is one of the questions you’re asked: “Have you fallen in the last six months?” If yes, here are a few articles you might want to read, and some information about medical alert devices too. You may not think any of this actually applies to you - and it may not. But it could be useful for someone you know. -Wendy Parker-Wood Keep on your feet Every second of every day, an older adult (age 65+) suffers a fall in the U.S.—making falls the leading cause of injury and injury death in this age group. One out of four adults will fall each year in the United States, making falls a public health concern, particularly among the aging population. Learn more - Preventing Falls 10 MOST COMMON IN-HOME INJURIES The Mayo Clinic offers these tips on making your home safer: Keep walkways, bedrooms, bathrooms, and halls well-lit Keep high-traffic areas free of furniture and clutter Secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or a slip-resistant backingInstall handrails on stairways and grab bars in the shower or tubUse non-slip mats in the bathtub or shower, and have a bath seat in the shower for sitting Alternatively, if an elderly person does fall, medical alert systems for Seniors often come with fall detection technology, which means help can be sent in the case of an emergency without even pressing a button. For outside the home, it’s a good idea to have sand or salt on hand to spread on icy surfaces. You may want to consider hiring someone to regularly shovel porches, driveways, and sidewalks. Learn more Osteoporosis – The Silent DiseaseThis disease affects 25 million Americans and results in 1.5 million fractures annually. Here’s a list of warning signs and symptoms. If you haven’t had a Bone Density scan to establish a baseline, you may want to speak with your Primary Care physician. Medical Alert Systems for SeniorsMedical Alert Systems for Seniors - what should you look out for when making your choice? Here are the top 5 considerations when searching for a medical alert system.Monitoring Center LocationsProduct FeaturesEase of InstallationHelp and SupportPricing and Value for MoneyMedical Alert Systems /2021 Best Medical Alert Devices: The major players and useful details all in one place. Health and Safety The information being provided is strictly as a courtesy. When you link to any of the web sites provided here, you are leaving this web site. We make no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided at these web sites. Nor is the company liable for any direct or indirect technical or system issues or any consequences arising out of your access to or your use of third-party technologies, web sites, information and programs made available through this web site. When you access one of these web sites, you are leaving our web site and assume total responsibility and risk for your use of the web sites you are linking to.