A simple thing can change your life—like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor. If you fall, you could break a bone, like thousands of older men and women do each year. For older people, a break can be the start of more serious problems, such as a trip to the hospital, injury, or even disability.
If you or an older person you know has fallen, you're not alone. More than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year. The risk of falling—and fall-related problems—rises with age.
Caregivers tend to put their health last on their list of priorities. They usually put the needs of their loved ones first. However, the stress caregivers experience makes their health issues more important than ever. Here is a checklist of ways for you to stay fit, both physically and mentally:
Many older adults face challenges when using phones. Loss of memory, hearing, vision and motor skills can all make even routine phone calls difficult. Additionally, some older adults struggle with recent cell phone technology and may avoid using mobile phones altogether. However, the ability to use phones is an important part of maintaining independence. If your loved one can’t contact you or others easily, it will be hard for them to age in place without regular support. As a caregiver, you can help your loved one address these barriers that may cause them to stop using the phone.