Category Archives: Safety

Colourful leaves bring reminder of home safety

It’s the first full day of fall! Exciting for some (my husband, Kelly). Not so exciting for others (like me.)

For hunters like Kelly, it’s the time of year when the elk start bugling and the deer enter full rut. Kelly painstakingly prepares all year for the short hunting season in fall when he gets to do what he loves most. For golfers like me, it means starting to lose my ball in the fallen leaves and having to wear multiple layers of clothing—often too many to maintain a proper swing—to stay warm for the 4-5 hours I’m out on the course. It also means I’ll soon be packing away my golf clubs for the long, cold winter that’s just around the corner.

Could hunting and golf be more different hobbies?! Let’s just say there’s an interesting dynamic in our household. Actually, it’s the best of both worlds. Kelly’s energy and excitement pick me up in the fall when I’m feeling blue about the golf season ending. And I reciprocate in spring when hunting season is over. We complement each other quite nicely.

Regardless of how you feel about fall, there are some seasonal dangers to keep in mind, especially for seniors who still live in a house or condo: Continue reading

Good gardening guidelines

Gardening is great for all ages. In addition to enjoying beautiful flowers or home-grown veggies, gardeners can also build strong bones, increase joint flexibility and strength, burn calories, and achieve a happier, calmer state of mind.

Staying safe and healthy in the garden is easy if you follow a few good gardening guidelines: Continue reading

Spring Snow on the Prairies: Walk Safely

Here we are at the tail end of April enjoying a late-season dump of fresh, heavy snow. Mother Nature’s way of letting us know who’s boss? Maybe. It’s disappointing after recently enjoying a plus-20-degree day but certainly not unusual for the Prairies this time of year.

If you’ve already been enjoying outdoor walks, don’t let the weather send you back inside. Keep walking, but remember that surfaces may be icy, especially if you’re a senior or accompanying a senior. Continue reading

Home Safety for Seniors

Today I discovered “The Safe Living Guide—A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors,” published by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Guide to Home Safety for Seniors

Did you know …

  • Falls are the leading cause of seniors’ injuries and injury-related hospitalization in Canada.
  • Nearly half of all injuries among seniors occur at home.
  • Most falls incurred by seniors are preventable.

For seniors, living safely in their house, condo or apartment requires adapting the environment, behaviours and lifestyle to the normal changes that age brings. Continue reading