Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 21

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Housing
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.”
Home Safety Check List:
• Maintain proper lighting. To prevent falls, make sure
pathways in and around the home are well-lighted.
Make sure the top and bottom of stairs have plenty
of light.
• Install and maintain secure handrails for all
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