Illinois fall safety class highlights importance of senior safety

Bryan Aldrige

May 6, 2011

In New Lenox, lllinois, older adults will be able to attend a Senior Health and Safety Program on May 18, and all are welcome – whether one is already retired or a caregiver looking to implement additional safety measures at home, according to TribLocal.com

"While our new safety initiative targets seniors, the education and resources could prove helpful to anyone with stability issues," public safety chief Daniel Martin told the news source. "We encourage individuals, health-care professionals, care providers and anyone who interacts with at-risk people to attend this event."

One way to help guarantee that a senior can age safely and independently is by installing a medical alarm system in a home, because this device enables users to instantly send a personal emergency response message to a call center if they require assistance.

The class itself will detail the impact that falls can have on the lives of older adults. Participants will develop a personal safety checklist for home safety and be introduced to Tai Chi exercises and balance training.

Experts suggest the removing obstacles in the home is one of the most important ways to plan for the golden years. Make sure floors are clear of clutter and consider installing grab rails in bathrooms and stair landings.