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Walking Safety Tips for Seniors

In general, walking is a great activity for people of all ages. It can improve balance, relieve stress and anxiety, lack of sleep, and it can even help with mental ability and memory.

Walking Safety Tips for Seniors:

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Fall prevention is a top priority for seniors. The leading cause of emergency room visits for elderly people is falls, so you should know how to prevent them whenever possible. Here are some of our tips to prevent seniors from falling.

  • Be alert to uneven surfaces and obstacles in your path.
  • Make sure to try to stay on the walkways of your local sidewalks rather than parts with grass.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and remain alert.
  • Even if you think a driver has seen you, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Always use crosswalks and make sure the car sees you before crossing the street.
  • To stay safe while walking, avoid running or rushing.
  • If you have to walk at night, walk in a well-lit area.
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Join a Seniors Walking Group:

Seniors should feel safe when they are out and about in their communities. A group walk can be an excellent way to get social support and promote active lifestyles that will help ease the impact of aging on your body.

Senior citizens should know that they can call on the support of others as they take their walks. They can also benefit from the instruction and instruction given by professionals who are trained in making their walk safe.

Try to find a walking group near you.

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The simple answer is, do not walk in a painful way. Walking with a limp or with an open wound can put a lot of stress on your joints and make walking more difficult or even painful. Joint problems might vary from person to person, but there are some general tips that can help with joint pain in elderly people.

If your legs ache or feel tired after a walk, try elevating your legs and applying ice packs. To reduce the likelihood of bruising, place a thin barrier between your skin and the ice pack. After a day or two, the aching should go away. If it persists, you should contact your doctor for an assessment to determine if the problem could be caused by an undiagnosed medical condition.

Losing balance, if a loved one experience this while walking then you should visit your health care professional. There are several conditions that can contribute to loss of balance and an unsteady gait. These include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Get your healthcare professional’s approval prior to doing a walking program with your seniors.

The benefits of walking can be enjoyed at any age. Overall health benefits of managing a regular walking routine can help to boost your mood and metabolism, improve your cardiovascular system, sleep better, gain strong bones and muscles, and better live a healthier and happier life.

So, follow these simple safety tips and start a walking ritual that’s safe for you.

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