Safety

  • 3 challenges your parents are bound to face as they age alone

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    May 11, 2016

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      Today’s 65-year-olds are healthier, less dependent, mentally agile and more prepared for ageing than ever before. However seniors today in India are facing a new set of challenges. A study shows almost 15 million Indians aged above 60 live alone or with spouse only. In states like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu alone, a quarter of the elderly population live in such all-elderly households. India is going nuclear and the concept of a joint family system is giving way at a fast rate in India, as grown-up children of seniors move to another city or country for work or study. With no grown up children and grandchildren around today’s young old are facing 3 new set of challenges.   The challenges are primarily boredom, safety and home accessibility.   Boredom If you retire at 60, what will you do for the next 20-25 years ? As retirement kicks in at 60, with ...

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  • 20 APPS your parents could have fun with

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    January 29, 2016

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      People falling in the age bracket of 60+ have always been kept out from the category of tech-savvy, but with advancement in technology and simple user interface time is surely changing. The elders have had almost an entire decade to comprehend and get used to with computers and technology. Hence, many of them know operating smartphones and others gadgets. Technology can benefit older adults in countless and sometimes surprising ways.   We have compiled a list of 20 Smartphone apps which your parents may enjoy using. These applications have been presented as a slideshow and broken down into categories such as health, entertainment, services, hobby.   Health and Safety APPS   Entertainment APPS   Services APPS   Hobby APPS     Conclusion Most of us have bought smartphones/ipad for our parents to be in touch with them on skype. A tablet could be perfect gift for your parents, particularly if you install a handful of useful APPS first. On ...

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  • Make your parents home senior friendly

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    January 05, 2016

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      Are your parents ageing in place ? According to a recent  housing survey, “83% of older Indians want to stay in their current homes for the rest of their lives,” but other studies show that most homes are not designed to accommodate the needs of people over age 65. Most seniors live in homes that are more than 20 years old. As these buildings get older, they may become harder to live in or maintain. A house that was perfectly suitable for a senior at age 55, for example, may find the bathroom and kitchen quiet uncomfortable to use by the time they are 70. Seniors may face the following issues as they “age in place”. Toilets are suddenly too low putting stress on knee joints. Cabinets in kitchen are too high or difficult to use. No place to sit and work in kitchen. Steps are best avoided. This is especially if ...

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  • Make your parents home fire safe

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    November 10, 2015

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      Seniors over 65 run a high risk of being injured by fire. Studies show that 30% of fire accidents that occur at home involve senior citizens. A majority of residential fires begin in the kitchen and are often as a result of food being left unattended on the stove. Other common causes of fire accidents include mechanical failures, falling asleep while smoking, faulty wiring systems.   Why are seniors at risk due to fires? Many seniors live in homes as old as 20 years, which is beyond the service life of most wiring systems. Seniors may panic and may not be able to take quick action that is necessary in a fire emergency. They may be on medication that affects their ability to make quick decisions. Some seniors show tendency of Hoarding. Forgetfulness is more prominent in seniors.   Fire safety products Smoke alarms and fire extinguishers drastically reduce the chances of fire accidents to your ...

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  • Bathroom falls – act if your parents have reached mid 60’s

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    October 27, 2015

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      The bathroom is the place in the home where the most accidents occur. Over 30% of individuals over 65 fall at least once per year. Many of these falls have serious consequences, such as a hip fracture, head injuries seriously affecting  the quality of life of a senior. Wet type bathrooms(no separate shower area), slick floors, small spaces,insufficient lighting, sharp edges and few things to grasp increase chances for dangerous falls. This is further complicated by other influences such as medication side-effects, reduced physical abilities and reduced vision. Shower cabinets if used are even more dangerous because one tends to hold onto them in the event of fall.They simply can’t take load making a fall even more fatal. One bad accident around the house is enough to severely hinder independence and mobility, which is the last thing anyone wants.     Know more: adult falls NYtimes stats wiki/Falls_in_older_adults   Solutions which can prevent bathroom falls Here are simple ...

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