Best Reasons to Drink Water

  We can survive for a month without food but only about four days without water. Water is second only to oxygen in its importance to life. Everyone needs to get enough liquid each day to keep the body working properly. Personally, I have made drinking water a daily habit. Thirty-two years ago I experienced

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9 Tips for Home Security

Sometimes deadbolts and alarm systems just aren’t enough to deter thieves. But there are outdoor security measures you can take to prevent property loss at the hands of a burglar. While pleasing to look at, landscaping can do more than enhance your home’s outdoor aesthetic. Consider whether your current setup promotes security or makes your

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Home Safety for Seniors – Statistics and Solutions

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. As more Canadians age, falls will become even more numerous and costly than they are now. As alarming as the statistics are, these documented statistics fall short of the actual numbers since many incidents

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Exercise to Age Safe and Live Well.

Regular exercise is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and is recommended for everyone, including older adults with a disability. It is never too late to start exercising. Older adults often ask about the risks and benefits of exercise.   Some questions commonly asked about exercise are: Will exercise make my symptoms (like fatigue, pain

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Age Safe America – Day 2 at the International Builders’ Show

Kitchens, baths, safety features and reptilian mascots! Although Fritzi will be in attendance all week, I had only Tuesday to join the show this year. I arrived early for our first meeting at Remodelers Central just in time to hear Scott Weigel, VP of Business Development for HomeAdvisor discuss how home improvement professionals can better

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Age Safe America joins the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show®

Every year, NAHB puts on the home building industry’s largest new product exposition and education program: The NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS). With acres of exhibitors, ongoing workshops and thought leaders from every aspect of the construction, remodeling and aging-in-place home modifications industries, this is a great way for Age Safe America to start the

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Aging Comes With Changes

Aging affects each individual differently. Some seniors experience physical limitations that seriously affect their level of activity while others are able to remain quite active. The natural process of growing older, however, generally includes changes in abilities. If you’re experiencing some of the problems associated with the changes described below, consult your health professional and

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Be Wary of Cold Callers at Your Door

Cold Callers are people who come to your door that you do not know. Some doorstep sellers are honest, but unfortunately there are some rogue traders who target their victims by making uninvited ‘cold calls’ and offering to provide goods or services. The rogues target seniors and those less able to check the quality of

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Home Safety for Aging-in-Place

  Today there are many simple devices, tools and home modifications for assisting older adults to very comfortably, safely and securely age safe at home.   Devices or home modifications to help prevent falls or accidents Nonskid strips in tubs, showers, and stairs Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers Set hot water heater to 120 degrees

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Our Aging World

  The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. According to a new report commissioned by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, “An Aging World:

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Leonard Cohen’s Death Brings Attention to Fall Prevention

The unexpected death of famed singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen after falling in his LA home brings up a growing problem among older adults. The number of older Americans treated for falls over the last decade has nearly doubled and fatal falls are at an all-time high. The rate of fatal falls has increased over 150% yet

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Are You Safe in Your Home? Probably Not.

At Age Safe America we say, A Fall Changes Everything!   Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury for those over 65. Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions.  50% of those admitted never return to their prior level of mobility or independence; and

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Fall Prevention and Good Nutrition

March is Nutrition Month and a great opportunity to look at ways that good nutrition contributes to fall prevention in older adults. Athletes are usually careful about what they eat. They want to create and maintain stamina and strength so to that end, quality food and appropriate vitamins contribute to their overall performance. However, the

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Consider This Astounding Statistic:

Of all people who have ever lived past the age of 65 from the beginning of recorded human history, two thirds are alive today.   By 2030, the number of seniors will grow to over 75 million people, up from 48 million today, meaning nearly one out of every five people will be over the

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Tips for Fall Prevention

Provide seating at the entrance to the home, so that a person can rest or put down things in their hand.   Small icicles that are within easy reach should be removed so that entry to and exit from the home are safe. Do not try to remove bigger and dangerous icicles by yourself. Instead

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Keep it Simple. Home Modification for Aging in Place

The National Association of Home Builders defines Aging in Place as “remaining in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.” Before home modifications can be made, an assessment of the home needs to be taken. The assessment should be done one room at a time. In each room, consider

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Crooks Targeting The Elderly

According to the NCOA (National Coalition on Aging), the top 10 scams involving elderly targets are as follows:   Health Care/Medicare/Health Insurance Fraud. Example: criminals pose as Medicare or healthcare employees. Counterfeit Prescription Drugs. Example: victims buy prescriptions over the Internet to save money, then receive unsafe, unapproved drugs which result in serious health issues,

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Modify Your Home Today to Age Safe Tomorrow

While many can only dream of the day they’ll retire, for baby boomers, that dream is quickly becoming a reality. By the year 2030, approximately 20 percent of Americans are expected to be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But retirement doesn’t necessarily mean relocating to a senior community. More and

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Why Do People Fall?

Some of the reasons people fall are: Tripping or slipping due to loss of footing or traction Safety hazards in the home Slow reflexes, which make it hard to keep your balance or move out of the way of a hazard Balance problems Reduced muscle strength Poor vision Illness Taking medicines Drinking alcohol.   Illness

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