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    Americas Aging Populous Causes Concerns About Home Safety and Accessibility

     
    Fritzi Gros-Daillon San Diego Aging In Place Specialist says “Seniors and their families can take several important steps for themselves including reducing clutter, especially in hallways and exterior walkways, improving lighting, and general safety awareness like how to use a home fire extinguisher correctly.”

    Of importance to every Senior and Caregiver is the subject of home safety for seniors that include enhancements for vision, hearing and mobility changes, monitoring and communication. A professional consultant should be contacted and come to the home as a precaution, adapting spaces to prevent falls. If a fall has happened that resulted in hospitalization, the consultant will inspect the home prior to the return from rehab.

    It is difficult to make home safety into a fun, lively topic of conversation but people everywhere worry about changes in their lives, changes in their parents’ lives and the impact to everyone when an abrupt trigger event happens. The book, “Grace and Grit: Insights to the Real Life Challenges of Aging for Adult Children and their Parents” addresses many of these unspoken fears.

    We are reminded that there are different points of view, but freedom, dignity and respect are universal. The steps we take today will allow our future selves to look back and say thank you. We will continue to have the freedom of our lifestyle and home environment choices if we take the appropriate action

    A quote from Katy Fike PhD and founder of aging2.0 says, "I was just seven years old when my 90-year-old grandmother moved in with my family after breaking her hip. At a young age, I witnessed firsthand many of the issues still faced by caregivers and elderly individuals across the country. Early on, I sensed that there had to be a better way to care for our elders and those who care for them. Today, as a gerontologist, I remain passionately committed to empowering older adults and caregivers."

    Computers, laptops and tablets, are playing a bigger part in the communication process between a senior and their family or caregiver. Technology is also helping in monitoring the safety and health of the aging.

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