Aging takes time. That sounds ridiculous, I know, but it does happen gradually. Old age creeps up on one. You see a picture of an old friend and you can’t believe how he’s aged, then you look in the mirror… But there is a problem with this slow aging process – and it is dangerous.
We get used to moving more slowly, being more patient, sleeping in the afternoons, relying on medication, pain. We become accustomed to deteriorating eyesight and hearing. Our conversations with our old friends start to revolve around our aches and pains and operations and medications. And the ladies dye their hair and try to look a little younger… But we often don’t realize how vulnerable we are becoming.
The older we get, the more likely we are to fall and incur serious injuries, get lost, suffer from dementia, get mugged, get bullied by family members, caregivers, even other seniors. The aged are prime targets for burglaries, financial scams, and theft. But because we age slowly, we often don’t realize it or deny it.
At 63, I have to remind myself that I’m not as young and strong as I used to be. I have to arrange my lifestyle according to my age. My Dad, at the age of 80, said that in his mind, he was still 18. Many of us can relate to that. And that is often the cause of physical activity that is more appropriate for much younger people and often results in many years of pain from injuries.
So when my company offers devices that can assist, protect, and enhance the safety and security of older people, many deny that they need it. Those who DO realize that they need it are usually their caregivers and adult children, seniors’ homes senior centres.
Give yourself, your family, and your organization the gift of increased control and peace of mind and save time, knowing that you can more effectively monitor and assist the elderly that you care about. Help them by caring enough to take action.
Robin Elliott IPSsafety.com