Older adults are at higher risk for burn and trauma injuries. Common causes of burn injuries are from cooking, bathing, drinking hot beverages, and eating. Traumatic injuries commonly occur in older adults from falls and car crashes. Contact us about available prevention education classes.
Resources on Older Adult Safety, Driving, and Fall Prevention
- University of Michigan Geriatrics and Turner Senior Resource Center and Wellness Programs
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) STEADI Program and Fall Prevention
- Matter of Balance Program and other Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) services for seniors
- NFPA Remembering When Program
- National Council on Aging
- Michigan's Safe Drivers Smart Options: Keys to Lifelong Mobility
- National Institute on Aging - National Institutes of Health: 1) Go4Life website; 2) Workout to Go; 3) Participating in Activities You Enjoy; 4) Tips to Stay Motivated to Exercise; and 5) Go4Life - Your Everyday Guide
Talk to Your Doctor
- Ask your doctor or healthcare provider to evaluate your risk for falling and talk with them about specific things you can do.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines to see if any might make you dizzy or sleepy. This should include prescription medicines and over-the counter medicines. Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about taking vitamin D supplements.
- Do Strength and Balance Exercises.
- Do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance. Tai Chi is a good example of this kind of exercise.