Aging is more than just a number. Like a fine glass of wine, the older the bottle, the richer its flavor. Though, preserving its contents means taking good care of the bottle itself.
For most, being injured as a senior can be scary and leave one unsure of where to turn. As we age, we require more assistance in recovering from our ailments. From sprains to falls to burns and even more serious injuries, it is important to know what to do and who can help.
Common Injuries as a Senior
One might not like to think of how or if they may suffer an injury; however, it would be foolish to hope for the best and not prepare for the worst. Here are some common injuries that seniors experience:
These are just a few examples of injuries common to seniors. Yet, this is not the only thing to worry about as a senior. Surprisingly, in Los Angeles county, something seemingly harmless, like distracted driving, accounted for 92,020 people being hurt and killed in car accidents in 2017. This illustrates how important it is to be extra vigilant when walking or driving near busy roads.
What To Do in Case of Injury
- Stay calm and monitor your breathing, as this can help you assess the situation.
- Check the extent of your injuries and, if possible, sit upright on something sturdy nearby.
- Lastly, if there is nothing else to do for yourself, you should call 911 for help.
Note: it is recommended to carry a mobile phone or smartwatch with you as this could make it easier to receive assistance when needed in an emergency situation.
Who To Call
According to personalinjuryking.com, there are several entities that can provide more information on preventing injuries as a senior and more. Here are some to name a few:
Preventing Injury as a Senior
In many cases, we can reduce the chances of getting injured as a senior and avoid serious consequences. Stay active and up to date on all the side effects of any medication you take. Pace yourself — in both work and play. Wear clothes that help you keep a good grip and strong footing. And remember to always ask for help if and when needed.
First Aid Tips
Always keep a first aid kit ready at hand. Here are some things you might want to fill it with: bandages, topical anesthetic and antibiotic, burn relief, and blood pressure reader. These tips and knowledge of warning signs to your health will help in critical moments.
Steps To Reduce Future Injuries
You can do simple things, like keeping the house well-lit at all times for improved visibility. Remove clutter and/or mats on the floor that can cause one to slip. Exercise, even just three times a week and some light daily walking, strengthens your cardiovascular system and helps keep you balanced. Finally, get a checkup at least once a year to make sure all your systems are in working order.
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