Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 40, but there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries. Make a difference about ways to reduce the risk of injuries in our communities and workplaces Our families and individuals need to identify and report safety hazards.
Driving helps older adults—persons 65 and older—stay mobile and independent. However, as we age, declines in vision and cognition (ability to reason and remember), and physical changes may affect driving. Certain medical problems such as heart disease, dementia, sleep disorders, and limited hearing and vision place older adults at an increased risk of car crashes. Additionally, medicines, both prescription and over the counter, such as those used for sleep, mood, pain, and/or allergies among others may affect driving safety.
It’s been weeks since you had to use your shovel. The days are getting longer and temperatures are on the rise. This can mean only one thing—spring is here and summer is just around the corner! With this in mind you might be tempted to sign up for that tennis tournament going on this weekend or maybe head for the park for a game of basketball. Don’t reach for your racquet and head for the courts quite yet and hold off on picking teams for the basketball game. You may want some tips to ensure your summer experience is safe and injury-free.