Not many people actually look forward to getting older, but there are probably some. One common issue that tends to arise, though, as people move through their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s is that their physical ability changes. A 60-year-old can no longer do the same things he or she was capable of in their 20’s or 30’s. However, most 60 and even 70-year-old men and women can still take care of themselves without too much trouble, as long as they’re in decent physical and health condition.
When it comes to safety, though, it can be compromised with age.
Diminished strength, balance, and agility can all lead to problems as people get older. Below are three things that might happen for somebody in their 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s if they don’t ask for help when it would be beneficial.
First, there’s an increased risk of accidents.
Take, for example, a person in their 70’s who has to get up onto the roof for some reason. Instead of asking for help with this extremely dangerous activity, they try to do it on their own. After all, they still don’t have any trouble getting out of bed, rising up out of the chair, or climbing up and down stairs. They’ve also been up and down the ladder inside the garage numerous times without issue.
Unfortunately, not asking for help increases the chances that an accident will occur. The older a person is, the more serious the repercussions of those accidents can be.
Second, there might be missed opportunities.
If somebody doesn’t ask for help, they might miss the chance to travel, visit certain places, or even take part in various activities. It doesn’t take much to ask for help and elderly and disabled men and women should be encouraged to simply ask if there’s something they want to do.
Third, recovery can take a long time.
If there’s an accident, such as a slip and fall, it could lead to a few abrasions and bruises, but it can also result in broken bones and serious injuries. Some of those injuries can be life-threatening. If that senior is going to make it, meaning recover, it could take weeks, possibly even months. In some cases it might take years.
There’s really no need to go through that when elderly men and women acknowledged their own limitations, physical changes, and that help is just a phone call away. If they don’t have family and friends (or even if they do, but they are incredibly busy), they can contact an agency and hire a home care aide at just about any time.