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Senior Safety in the Home

Do you have an aging parent or relative you're worried about? Or perhaps you're a senior yourself, concerned about your well-being. There's good reason to be concerned. According to the Home Safety Council, more than 7,000 adults age 65 and older die each year from injuries sustained in the home. Over half of those are caused by falls.

Fortunately, many injuries are preventable. Making simple changes to the home such as installing smoke detectors, providing adequate lighting, and eliminating tripping hazards can literally mean the difference between life and death for seniors.

It's important to look out for personal safety, too. While older people are statistically less likely to be victims of violent crime, taking simple measures can ensure it doesn't happen to you.

Some police departments have seen increases in senior crime in non-violent categories such as identity theft. Farmington Hills police chief William Dwyer said seniors are often targets for this kind of crime. "They're most vulnerable because they're most trusting," he said. He recommends putting a lock on your mailbox to avoid identity theft. "It takes 700 hours to get your identity back," he said. "It only takes a moment to lose it."

Keeping theft from happening in the first place is one of the goals of the Senior Safety Program in Farmington Hills, a collaborative program headed up by the Farmington Hills Police Department. Representatives from the city's Senior Division, Commission on Aging, Emergency Preparedness Commission and police division host awareness seminars at senior centers and other facilities throughout the city to educate seniors about staying safe.

There are many ways to help keep seniors safe, from making simple changes in the home to making older people aware of personal and financial safety measures. Most measures simply make practical sense, and can apply to every household and person, not just seniors!

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Sources: The Farmington Hills Police Department, Home Safety Council, U.S. News & World Report.

Senior Safety Resources: For information about the Farmington Hills Senior Safety Program, call 248-871-2700. Farmington Area Commission on Aging, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - Older Consumers Safety, Home Safety Council, U.S. Fire Administration, Knox Box.

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