The world’s older population continues to grow at an exceptional rate. Today, 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. According to a report commissioned by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), this percentage is projected to jump to nearly 17 percent of the world’s population by 2050 (1.6 billion). The United States’ senior population is expected to rise from 48 million to 88 million. By the year 2050 life expectancy will increase by approximately eight years, reaching the age of 76.2. Also by 2050, those aged 80 and above, will triple from 126.5 million to 446.6 million.
This presents a challenge to loved ones living with or who have seniors alone at home. Doing everything necessary to create a safer environment for their relative is of greater importance than before. Although no living environment can be made 100% injury-proof, there are many preventive measures that can be implemented to help keep seniors safe.
Senior Safety Tips:
· Consider fall-proofing the home (no-slip rugs, bath mats, etc.)
· Keep hallways and rooms well-lit
· Install smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
· Create a clear system for marking and dispensing medications
· Install shower seats and/or shower rails
· Ensure they remain safe behind the wheel (include link to Senior Driver Program?)
· View our Home Safety Checklist for more ways to keep your home safe for seniors….(link to pdf)
NSCN Senior Driving Program
Our goal is to keep seniors on the road safely and we are proud to offer the Senior Driving Program.
The National Safety Council, Nebraska’s Senior Driving Program can help older adults continue to safely drive on Nebraska’s roads for as long as possible. As we age, it’s important to know and understand how to adjust tor slower reflexes, weaker vision, and other changes. This program is for any older adult driver who would like to assess and improve their driving skills to reduce risk to themselves, their passengers, and others on the road.
For more extensive information on Senior Safety, please use these additional resources:
National Institute on Aging Health & Safety Tips - https://www.nia.nih.gov/health
AARP: Family Caregiving - https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/?intcmp=GLBNAV-PL-CAR
AAA: Traffic Safety for Seniors - https://seniordriving.aaa.com/