Safety Tips for Elderly Pedestrians
Did you know that seniors are at a high risk for pedestrian-auto accidents? Due to a number of issues, elderly pedestrians often walk along busy streets and cross paths with cars frequently as they go around their neighborhood. Unfortunately, seniors are twice as likely to be involved in a pedestrian-auto accident as younger adults, according to Loyola University Health System. As a family caregiver, you can discuss some important safety tips with your elderly loved one so they will reduce their risk of harm when they are out.
If your loved one enjoys walking around, whether to get some fresh air or get to the nearby market, they should be encouraged to keep it up. Not only is it good exercise, but it keeps the elderly feeling independent and connected to the community. However, walking around as an elderly person brings with it some risks to their health and well-being. Here are some safety tips that you and other family caregivers can help your aging loved one incorporate into their walks that will prevent them from accidents.
• Plan their walking route so they cross the street at a stoplight because that will give them enough time to get to the other side.
• Remind your loved one to take their time judging traffic and crossing the street because if they hurry, they are more likely to make a mistake.
• Encourage them to take extra care if their vision and hearing are diminished because that could give them a false sense of what cars are doing.
• Make sure there are adequate sidewalks along the route they want to go and that the sidewalks are in good repair to avoid trips, slips and falls.
• Avoid walking when the light is poor or the weather is bad because that reduces the visibility of both the elderly pedestrian and drivers.
• If possible, encourage your aging loved one to cross the street with other pedestrians because drivers are more likely to notice a larger group.
• Provide light colored clothes or reflective patches for loved ones who enjoy walking in the early morning, at dusk or later at night.
• Remind elderly loved ones to try to make eye contact with drivers before and while crossing so they are sure they are seen.
• Together, evaluate whether your elderly loved one is mobile enough to continue making these walks and their balance is still good.
If your elderly loved one is getting to the point where they are struggling with balance or physical conditions and walking around town simply isn’t working for them anymore, you have several options. Many communities have transportation services for seniors, and there are also home care agencies that you can hire to have assistants drive your loved one to their appointments, shopping and to activities.
While everyone needs to practice safety measures when crossing the street, seniors are definitely the ones that have the highest risk of accidents with automobiles. Family caregivers like you want the best for your elderly loved ones, and helping them practice good safety when they are out walking supports their fitness goals while keeping them safe. You’ll be able to help them get along better and more safe as an elderly pedestrian by implementing these safety tips.
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Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
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