A Look Back at National Safety Month
Monday, June 30, 2014
As National Safety Month comes to an end, the Health in Aging Foundation invites you to look back at the different topics that were explored each week by the National Safety Council.
Week 1: Prevent prescription drug abuse
For more than 20 years, the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults has been the leading source of information about the safe prescribing of drugs for older people.
- Avoiding Overmedication and Harmful Drug Reactions
- Ten Medications Older Adults Should Avoid or Use with Caution
Week 2: Falls Prevention
Most falls happen at home, although they may occur anywhere. In fact, falls are the number one cause of hospital admissions for injuries in older adults, and are responsible for increased use of medical services.
- Preventing Serious Falls: Tips for Older Adults and Their Loved Ones
- Video Series on: Falls Assessment, Falls Prevention, Canes, Walkers, and Home Safety
Week 3: Be aware of your surroundings
Before you board a plane, train, cruise, or get in your car for a vacation, be sure to plan ahead for your healthcare needs.
Week 4: Driving Safety
The Health in Aging Foundation has offers these easy-to-understand research summaries on older drivers.
- Driving Safety & Older Adults: The Research from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
- Older Adults Who Fall More Often Seem More Likely to Cause Car Crashes Than Those Who Fall Less Frequently, Study Finds
Bonus: Summer Safety
Did you know that older people are less likely to notice when they feel hot, even when outside temperatures are high?