Seniors Outreach - March 13, 2019

We’ve done it again! Turned our clocks ahead and moved closer to the spring time of our present lives. We keep hoping for better weather but this last weekend has been anything but – snow, snow, snow. Keeping safe at this time of year is so very important.

Fall prevention can become somewhat difficult for us as we age for a variety of reasons:

1. Time change – when the clock shift occurs, our sleep patterns are disrupted and as we age it may take longer to readjust to the time pattern which may promote agitation and miscalculations in our daily activities.

2. Changes in medication – some side effects and interactions may increase your risk of falling, make you tired or affect your thinking.

3. Having fallen or almost fallen before – when you almost fell but were caught by someone or managed to grab hold of something just in time or if you have fallen before may indicate problems with mobility.

4. Some health conditions may cause a fall - Certain eye and ear disorders may increase your risk of falls. Your health conditions and how comfortable you are when you walk may influence your uprightness — for example, do you feel any dizziness, joint pain, shortness of breath, or numbness in your feet and legs when you walk?

5. Avoiding physical activity because you’re afraid it will make a fall.

6. Wearing improper footwear - wearing such footwear as high heels, floppy slippers and shoes with slick soles can make you slip, stumble and fall as can walking in your stocking feet.

7. A home area filled with hazards to a clear walking path.

8. Loose rugs and broken floorboards – these rugs or inadequately secured floorboards move too easily or interfere with and promote an unsafe walking area.

9. Leaving spilled liquids, grease or food on floors – these, when not cleaned up immediately promote falls. We forget about it and enter an unsafe walking area.

10. Use of regular bathtub or shower flooring – without the use of non-slip bath mats or use of a bath seat we may be more at risk for a fall.

11. Lack of proper lighting, lighting not used or ‘traditional’ activities –poor lighting or using the in the dark self arguments: “I’m just going to quickly go into the bedroom” and “I know where to walk” will undoubtedly catch us at some point and we may fall. My personal favorite is “I’ve run up these stairs for years. It isn’t a problem.” – may end in tripping and falling hard.

12. Lack of using a prescribed cane, walker or other assistive devices - sometimes we don’t think that we need the assistance for a brief movement.

There are other reasons, however some of these are more immediate to keeping safe and upright instead of falling. If necessary, ask your doctor for input or for a referral to an occupational therapist. He or she can help you brainstorm fall-prevention strategies. Some solutions are easily installed and relatively inexpensive. Others may require professional help or a larger investment. If you’re concerned about the cost, remember that an investment in fall prevention is an investment in your independence. [Source material from: Fall prevention: Simple tips to prevent falls by Mayo Clinic Staff - https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/fall-prevention/art-20047358]

Seniors Outreach provides opportunities to learn, to interact, to socialize and to volunteer in order to keep one’s mental and physical abilities engaged. Be Encouraged.

Seniors Outreach Activities: Call Seniors Outreach Main Office (403-443-2555 or toll free from Carbon at 1-888-443-2555) to sign up/purchase tickets or for more information for the following:

Irish Stew and Music – CommUnity Drop-In Centre, Three Hills, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Tickets from Main Office of Seniors Outreach.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Open Rehearsal – Friday, March 15, 2019

Baroque Double with Cohen (violin) and Choi (cello)

Red Deer Bus Trip – Wednesday, March 20, 2019 & Specialty Bus (Luncheon Theatre) Trip to Lacombe

Monthly Information

Meetings:

“You and Your Pharmacist” - 10:00 a.m. Drop-In Centre, Three Hills

6:00 p.m. Potluck and Presentation at 50+ Club, Care & Share Centre, Linden

Photography Contest: Call in or stop in at the Seniors Outreach office to pick-up sign up forms for our photography contest. We are looking for 2-3 pictures from each senior (65+) photographer by May 16, 2019. Judging will occur in early June. Prize (TBA) to be awarded by mid-June.

REMINDER: Basic Income Tax preparation and submission for Seniors 2018 Income tax – contact Kneehill Regional Family and Community Support Services at 403-443-3800.

Seniors Outreach Program Society is thankful to Alberta Culture and Tourism for their support through the Community Initiatives Program Operating Grant for 2017 and 2018!