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Safe and Sound: Seniors' Guide to National Safety Month

“The danger which is least expected soonest comes to us." So said dramatist, poet and reformer Voltaire, way back in 1694. Surely, he would see National Safety Month as a proactive measure to defend against the unexpected. 

The National Safety Council designated the month of June as National Safety Month in 1996. Its original focus was to mitigate workplace safety risks. Viewed in today’s broader context, it presents the perfect opportunity to boost senior safety awareness. 

The equation is simple: Minimize the dangers lurking in all aspects of life. Maximize both duration and quality of life.

Celebrate National Safety Month by considering these basic safety tips for seniors.

Hot Weather Safety

June safety means taking precautions when the temperature rises. Extreme heat and sun exposure can cause a host of health problems. It’s important to be proactive and cool off before you wind up in the ER. When spending prolonged time in the heat:

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Include water, fruit or vegetable juice or drinks that contain electrolytes.
  • Dress for the weather in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Avoid overexertion by taking the exercise routine into the air conditioning.
  • Use broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply it every so often during the day.
  • Wear a protective hat and sunglasses.

Manage Medications

It is critical for seniors to properly manage daily medications. That means reading all instructions and warning labels. A pill organizer is a simple, efficient way to make sure you take only your specified meds every day.

Clutter is Not Your Friend

Falls account for a huge percentage of senior injuries. It’s important to make sure your living space is clear of any clutter that might result in a life altering trip and fall. Errant wires or even a bump in the rug can also pose real risk.

In the Driver’s Seat

Statistics show there are almost 50 million drivers in this country over the age of 65. Unfortunately, those 50 million are responsible for a disproportionate number of fatal car accidents. To make the roads safer for yourself and those sharing it with you, be sure to get regular eye exams and only travel in safe conditions. Try to map out your routes in advance so your focus will be on the road, not on the GPS.

Don’t Be a Victim

When we think of seniors and safety, we tend to focus on the physical. But, thanks to 21st century technology, there are lots of other ways to experience pain and suffering. There are scammers out there who expend all their energy targeting vulnerable seniors, specifically to separate you from your money. These people are so clever, it is hard to tell they are not actually government agents, sweepstakes officials, computer tech support, or emergency personnel telling you your grandchild is in danger and needs money to get out of it. The good news is, if you follow a few common sense rules, they will not be successful.

  • Do not under any circumstances give out any personal information over the phone or by email. If somebody asks for your social security, bank account, or credit card numbers, just hang up or delete.
  • Always check your credit card statements and report any unauthorized charges.
  • Keep your security software on your phone and computer up to date.
  • NEVER give money in any form - including a gift card - to a stranger, no matter how logical and credible they seem.
  • Some of these people will pressure you to act immediately. That is your first clue to hang up.

Live in a Safe Environment

Overture senior apartment communities are designed specifically for the comfort, convenience, and safety of active adults. Celebrate National Safety Month by booking a tour at the Overture of your choice today. Stress free, turnkey apartment living with a community of caring peers who look out for each other is just what the National Safety Council ordered.

Stay safe!

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