As we get older, our physical appearance changes, as does our bodies on the inside. According to Mayo Clinic, as we age, our bones weaken, muscles lose strength and our eyesight may become clouded, resulting in cataracts. All of these effects can influence your risk of having a fall and suffering an injury.
We’ve laid out the common causes and injuries associated with falls and ways to manage them through activities for seniors.
There are many risk factors that can play a role in causing seniors to fall. These include weakness of the lower body, not enough Vitamin D, trouble walking and/or balancing, side effects from medications, foot pain, and vision issues according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Along with physical ailments that can cause one to fall, the CDC also notes that inadequate footwear, broken/unbalanced steps, and rugs or clutter are also risk factors.
If you or your loved ones have one or multiple of these conditions, it’s important to recognize what is going on in the body and if a change is needed in footwear, Steps need to be fixed or avoided, rugs secured on the floor, and clutter picked up.
Falling, especially as a senior, can cause serious, sometimes deadly, injuries. With our bodies weakening as we age, our stability can be off and our vision can alter our ability to see objects in front of us.
There may be times when you fall and hit an object on the way down. This could include furniture, such as island tables, dressers, as well as doorways. Falls can also happen outside of the home. Tripping over a step, rocks, or a crack onto a hard surface such as concrete can also cause harmful injuries, especially if one falls hard.
One can break their ankle, arm, wrist, and even get hip fractures from falling, according to the CDC. In more extreme cases, one can fall and hit their head. If someone is taking blood thinners or other similar medications, this can make the outcome of a fall more severe. Riverside Community Hospital notes that when one is taking blood thinners, the bleeding caused by a fall may be more considerable and last longer affecting your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing.
How to Manage Them
Although we can’t stop the aging process, we can do our best to slow it down and take the extra precautions to help prevent falls from happening.
Here are some ways you can prevent yourself from experiencing a fall:
- Visit your doctor and let them know if you are falling or have conditions that may potentially cause you to fall.
- Add grab bars into your house in the bathroom. If you’re having difficulties walking, make sure you always have something to hold on to whether it’s a walker, railing or bars.
- Keep active. Physical activities may not be as easy as you remember, but pushing yourself to try to do them is still important! Exercise can benefit your flexibility, posture, mood, and energy. Activities can include:
- Walking around the neighborhood or park
- Tai Chi
- Water aerobics
4. Get sunlight! This can be done by doing some exercises stated above. If you live in an area where sunlight isn’t prominent or it is wintertime, you can get your dose vitamin D through:
- Eating fatty fish and seafood
- Eat mushrooms
- Add egg yolks to your regimen
- Take a supplement
- And more!
5. Eat healthily. A good diet is essential at any age. Here are a few ways you can ensure you are eating well:
- Drink water to keep hydrated.
- Have milk and any other dairy products (if you’re not lactose intolerant) to help strengthen your bones.
- Make sure you’re adding fiber to your diet. (Vegetables, whole grains, and fruits)
Food to eat:
- Yogurt for calcium.
- Good fats, such as olive oil and avocados to strengthen your heart health. Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and tuna.
- They have high amounts of vitamin C.
6. Participate in creative activities. The mind is extremely important to your health as you age. Stimulate your brain to keep it active by doing these activities with friends and family:
- Doing seasonal crafts
Don’t be afraid of aging. Take the necessary steps to live a healthier life to prevent you from falling and injuring yourself.
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Mantra is based on personal experience and holds the power as an individual and unique expression of what you want most.
Mantra is an ancient meditation practice that helps to create a wonderful experience. Sakara, translated by the manifestation of thoughts into things, reflects the idea that we are the ones who can change our own lives; we have the ability to live the life we want.
It is important to remember that there are no right and wrong mantras. To find your own mantra to live by, start by spending half an hour a day with your diary and write about what you want in your life right now. Do not analyze too much and do not judge too intensely; simply allow your thoughts to flow freely. Writing down these thoughts will help you understand more clearly your purpose in life is.
Decide on what idea, goal, concept or emotion you want to focus first. Once you have made this decision in your mind, turn these thoughts into a statement for you. Do a 10 minute meditation each day (meditation can also be done during a walk in the park) and repeat your mantra.
At Rosemark, we hope all our residents and their families find peace, comfort, and happiness, along with good health. ‘This is your time. Live it to the fullest’.
Senior housing can definitely change people as well as change the conditions in which they live and even the basic choices they make. If your parents were admitted to a senior living facility a while ago, visiting them might bring back a lot of memories and might be somewhat of an intense experience. But at the same time, you might be surprised as to how happy and healthy they will turn out to be.
Most skilled nursing facilities have a bad reputation because, simply put, they take seniors away from their loved ones. However, in most cases, those seniors can actually find a better life.
The first thing you can expect is that they will have clean breadspreads, good, healthy food and plenty of time spent outside. Also, you might find they are actually healthier and in better overall condition than when they left.
As for their emotional needs, most seniors have a hard time adjusting to life in a senior care center. However, with a supportive skilled nursing facility Denver community and friendly nurses and workers, you might even be surprised at the change they could display even after just a few weeks or a month. Assisted living centers in particular have a way of helping seniors adapt to a larger community of like minded people while also retaining as much freedom as their condition would allow.
Whether moving into senior living or into a new home that’s smaller than the one you’ve previously owned, downsizing your possessions generally means the same thing: you have to get rid of certain things, put them in storage, sell them or give them to family members – before you can move into your new place.
For moving into senior living, it can be even more of an issue. Depending on whether or not you can afford your own flat or a larger area in a senior living center, you might need to downsize quite a bit. So remember this advice, if that is the case:
- Keep your essential belongings. Most clothes and small trinkets and electronics will probably fit, but you will have to get rid of larger pieces of furniture and large appliances.
- Find out exactly how much space you’ll have available in advance. That way, you can decide how much storage you’ll need for items that you simply cannot part with, but that won’t fit in your senior living apartment. Many popular retirement communities in Denver offer a variety of floor plans. Look online to find pictures and measurements of floor plans to give yourself a good idea of the space provided.
- Get to know your future neighbors. Some of them might have enough space to store larger items, as long as you can befriend them and trust them to store some of your items for you.
Here at Rosemark at Mayfair Park, we make a habit of celebrating the grandparents in our assisted living community every day of the week. We celebrated National Assisted Living Week and Grandparents’ Day, and were thrilled to share a week full of celebrations with the community.
If you were here to celebrate you will have enjoyed a variety of great events, From a performance by the Ballet Melange Dance Troupe to pizza in the parking lot, our events had something for folks and families of all kinds. Learn more and check out our schedule of events that we did below:
Sunday, September 8 – Grandparents Day – 1 pm to 3 pm
Celebrate Grandparents Day with us and the Rocky Mountain Steel Bands. From Aurora, Colorado, RMSB is a group of community bands that love to share the amazing steel drum melodies from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Continue the celebration by taking a professional photo with your grandparents to cherish forever. We will also have an art banner for the kids to decorate.
Monday, September 9 – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Join us for an art show opening with delicious wine and cheese! Dance along to El Javi, the Denver-based “king of “rock flamenco” who will be providing the lively tunes.
Tuesday, September 10 – 6 pm to 7 pm
The Alzheimer’s Association does amazing work to help with Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. They’re passionate about ending Alzheimer’s disease, and that’s why we’re holding an all-day bake sale to benefit their mission. Enjoy some treats for a good cause, and live music by Mile High Big Band.
Wednesday, September 11 – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza? Join us in the parking lot for some good food and good conversation!
Thursday, September 12 – 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Ballet Melange, a local troupe of emerging dancers, will perform. Ballet lovers and those who haven’t seen a single ballet alike are welcome to join us for dance and dessert!
Friday, September 13 – 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Let the good times roll, and join us for a banana split or ice cream sundae during our traditional ice cream social with all the fixings. As if it couldn’t get any better, we’ll also be serenaded by a barbershop quartet!
Rosemark at Mayfair Park takes pride in the exceptional care we bring to the residents of our Denver assisted living community and their families. Grandparent’s Day and National Assisted Living Week will be a celebration of our residents’ individuality and offer family bonding experiences to cherish for years to come. We hope to see you and your family there!
Depending on where you are, Labor Day is celebrated differently and on a different date of the year. But there is almost no country in the world that doesn’t have a special day of the year set aside to celebrate the laborers who give their time and energy to the service of society.
While most European countries still celebrate the old European May Day – meaning May the 1st – as Labor Day, the USA and Canada have a different date set aside, and it’s different each year: the first Monday of September.
This year, Labor Day is celebrated on September the 2nd, however, the holiday had a long and interesting history. It started in the 1800s, when the labor movements in the United States started growing, and they decided along with various trade unions that a special day be chosen to celebrate good ol’ fashioned hard work.
Labor Day was decided upon by the Knights of Labor and the Central Labor Union, and the first Labor Day Parade was organized in New York City. Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday as early as 1887, and by 1894, up to 30 states were celebrating the first Monday of September as Labor Day. By that time, it had already become an official federal holiday.
However you chose to spend the labor day weekend, the caring professionals at Rosemark At Mayfair Park hope you had a wonderful time!