Continued attention to National Safety Awareness Month in June al-lows us to focus again on senior safety.
Nearly 90 percent of seniors say they want to stay in their home. Doing so gives them a wonderful sense of continued independence.
But having mom or dad live alone can be a source of worry for their adult children. The, ”What if?” sce-narios can often overwhelm the mind. “What if she falls down?” “What if he forgets something on the stove?” “What if she doesn’t tell me it’s get-ting harder for her to get around?”
If you feel like this, you’re not alone. In 2007, the AARP surveyed Boomer women and found that two-thirds are concerned about their par-ents’ ability to live independently.
Vast amounts of information are available at your fingertips withthe internet.
Available on www.caregiverstress.com is the following:
Answering the Call features a senior emergency kit, which includes work-sheets and checklists which were developed by Humana Points of Caregiving. It is designed to help family caregivers gather details about a senior’s doctors, pharmacy and insurance company, medications and dosages, as well as aller-gies. Power of attorney and other important information.
This toolkit will provide you with all the important information you need in a centrally located file so you are ready for a crisis, day or night. The toolkit materials are available for download on www.caregiverstress.com.
Other topics available at the same location are:
• Senior Depression
• Senior Scams
• Senior Driving an Individual Issue
• Look and See Signs of Aging
• Threat of Natural Disasters Calls for Preparedness Plan to Protect
• When it’s Time to go to the Doctor … Here’s What to Ask
• Senior Holiday Checklist• Senior Safety Checklist
• 10 Signs a Senior May Be in Trouble
Photo: Nearly 90 percent of seniors say they want to stay in their home. Doing so gives them a wonderful sense of continued indepen-dence.