Discover tips for aging seniors to stay safe.

Whether you’re a senior citizen or you have an aging loved one, it pays to stay on top of useful safety tips for aging seniors. We’ve put together some simple tips to help out around the house, on the road and even online.

1. Be aware of common schemes. Sadly, there are many who prey on the elderly with fraudulent ways to take their money. The FBI lists common schemes to be aware of. Help your loved one avoid getting duped on the phone, online and by door-to-door solicitors. Be an advocate for your loved one when it comes to fraud and solicitors.

2. Be safe on the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 5,500 older adults were killed and more than 183,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2008. To avoid danger on the road, the elderly should wear seat belts, avoid difficult driving situations and stop driving if the ability to drive safely is impaired. Distractions like loud music, cell phones and food should be avoided on the road.

3. Be careful about falls. According to the CDC, one in every three adults ages 65 or older falls. Regular exercise can help, as well as being aware of the side effects of medication and symptoms of existing health concerns. Try to fall-proof the home by removing hazards and using aids like handles, walkers or canes. Remove throw rugs that can slip and keep areas of the home well lit during the day and at night.

North Hills Hospital offers patients over 65 a specialized Senior Health Clinic for their needs. If you would like to find a doctor to speak with, please visit us online or call 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral.

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