How Can I Stay Safe as I Get Older?

Old Person
Aging brings a unique set of challenges, as the body changes both physically and mentally. But while there are challenges, there are also steps you can take to overcome those challenges and face aging in a healthy way. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Dedham has some tips on how to do just that.
Am I at Risk for Dementia?
Every 66 seconds in the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. That makes it a sobering reality for many older adults in America.
But it’s not inevitable—there are lifestyle habits you can follow to decrease your risk.
Ways to Prevent Dementia

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get plenty of exercises.
  • Follow a healthy diet.
  • Read.
  • Complete puzzles.
  • Try a new hobby.
  • Manage health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

How Can I Reduce My Risk of Falling?
Falls are the most common cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults in the United States. One in three will fall within a year’s time.
That’s because older adults often face challenges with mobility and balance, which puts them at an increased risk of falling. Certain medications, medical conditions, and the home environment can also increase the risk.
Ways to Prevent Falls

  • Clean up the clutter in the home.
  • Peruse the home and remove any potential fall hazards.
  • Install handrails on the stairs and in the bathroom.
  • Wear non-slip shoes.
  • Ensure all areas of the home are well-lit.

Did your loved one suffer a fall? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Dedham today for an X-ray to ensure nothing was broken.