Fall is here! The weather is cooler and the colors of the leaves are changing. Fall is a fun time of year because of the many activities and festivities that take place during this season, some include, the Dixie Classic Fair, pumpkin picking, Halloween, and many other fun events. Although we all like to enjoy this season, it is important for the elderly community to stay safe and warm during this cool time of year. This week we will focus on safety tips and advice for seniors during the Fall season.
We all know that although the leaves are changing colors, they also fall and cover our driveways, lawns, and roads. Fallen leaves can be a problem because they make the ground very slippery. Without really thinking, walking on fallen leaves can cause you to slip and fall. Falls can cause major injuries such as hip and wrist fractures, head trauma, and major lacerations. So make sure that if you do have to walk on the leaves, take your time because it can help prevent major injuries.
Although the weather is not as cold as it could be if we were enduring winter months, the weather is still a lot cooler than it has been throughout our summer months. Elder adults typically tend to use a lot of medications, taking certain medications may prevent the body from regulating temperatures normally. Wearing a warm sweater or a jacket when going out can help keep your body temperature warm and regulated. While at home, blankets come in handy by relaxing you and also keeping you warm. Keeping your body temperature regulated is a must during the colder seasons.
While falls can be scary, being aware of safety concerns can ensure you’re aging parents and loved ones can get out and about throughout the season. You can still have fun and be safe during this season. Make sure that any fallen leaves are raked up so that it will reduce the likelihood of slipping and falling on them. Stay warm. Using a warm blanket while at home or wearing a light jacket will help keep you warm as the weather gets cooler. Enjoy!