Securing loose carpets or coffee rugs to the ground will keep you from losing balance.Nonslip mats are a necessity in wet areas like the bathroom and kitchen.Allowing your senior to be a part of the process, from choosing the recipe to baking it, will keep them feeling purposeful and happy. At Carespring, we love celebrating holidays with our residents, especially Halloween.How are you choosing to celebrate this spooky holiday with your senior?Paint a Pumpkin Carving pumpkins is a fun Halloween tradition for many families.However, this can be difficult for seniors because dexterity and strength usually start to deteriorate as we age.As we age, our need for different medications and therapies increases.Our bodies begin to work in different ways, perhaps joints aren’t as strong as they used to be, or climbing stairs is now harder than in our youth. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “One in four Americans aged 65 falls each year, making it the leading cause of fatal injury.” However, there are steps you can take to prevent you or your senior from falling.
Painting pumpkins instead of carving them is a great way to participate in Halloween celebrations without causing any injuries or pain.
Spend a day or two making Halloween cards from stencils and markers to send to family and friends.
Card making is a great way to keep creativity and personal connection a part of Halloween celebrations.
Making a list of medications, their doses, and time of consumption will help your doctor know if you are at risk for falling.
Stay Active Participating in moderate activities like walking, gentle yoga, or swimming is especially helpful when it comes to maintaining balance.
Adults who are physically fit are less likely to experience falls because their bodies are stronger and more flexible.