As we age, our sense of balance and our vision, hearing, and cognition become less sharp. Aging-related changes greatly increase our risk of injury. In Living Safely, Aging Well , nationally recognized safety expert Dorothy A.Read more...
As we age, our sense of balance and our vision, hearing, and cognition become less sharp. Aging-related changes greatly increase our risk of injury. In Living Safely, Aging Well, nationally recognized safety expert Dorothy A. Drago spells out how to prevent injury while cooking, gardening, sleeping, driving--and just walking around the house.
In the first part of the book, Drago describes the causes of injuries by type--falls, burns, poisoning, and asphyxia--and explains how to decrease the risk of each. She then explores the home environment room by room, pointing out potential hazards and explaining how to avoid them, for example, by installing night lights, eliminating glass coffee tables, and using baby monitors. Lively line drawings make it easy for readers to visualize risks and implement prevention techniques. Living Safely, Aging Well pays special attention to hazards encountered by people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. A chapter devoted to health literacy helps people and caregivers make the best use of the medical care system and a chapter on driving helps evaluate when it is no longer safe to be behind the wheel.
- ISBN-13: 9781421411521
- ISBN-10: 1421411520
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
- Publish Date: December 2013
- Page Count: 204
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 9.23 x 6.15 x 0.53 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.71 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-12-02
- Reviewer: Staff
As safety expert Drago wisely points out, “how safe a person is depends on how he or she functions in and interacts with the immediate environment.” In her latest book, Drago (From Crib to Kindergarten: The Essential Child Safety Guide) discusses aging, its associated injury risk, and offers avoidance strategies. She explains physical changes in vision, hearing, balance, smell, taste, touch, and the awareness of core body temperature, as well as cognitive changes, including age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Having described the frailties of the characters, Drago then describes the places that are most dangerous—kitchen, bedroom, workshop, car—and counsels readers on the risks, both single and synergistic with age-related changes, that each holds for falls, burns, asphyxiation, poisoning, or accident. Finally, the author provides an extensive set of illustrations showing how to mitigate risk and prevent injury, lists of “what to do,” and contact information for outside agencies and organizations, such as the AARP. This is a wonderful resource for anyone thinking about how to increase the safety of the home to allow for independence as people live longer. 27 b&w illus. (Jan.)