Walking Safety Tips

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Walking Safety Tips

23 June 2016

We all know we should be exercising more. The benefits of walking for older adults can help with weight control and contribute to overall fitness and good health. If you live in a community that caters to people ages 55 and over, elderly people walking in your neighborhood is probably a common sight.

Walking Safety Tips

For some older adults, walking isn’t as easy as it seems. As the years creep up on us, elderly walking problems begin to develop. People feel the effects of arthritis, hip replacement surgery, knee surgery, and the everyday aches and pains that surface as we age. Seniors tend to be reluctant to exercise or walk if they are uncomfortable when doing so.

So how can we get the elderly walking again after they have dealt with some of the common complaints of aging?

Let’s take a look at some elderly walking problems and steps you can take to overcome them:

Walking Safety Tips for Seniors:

Safety is a top priority for seniors. Falls are the leading cause of visits to the Emergency Room for elderly people, so it is important to know how to prevent them whenever possible.

  • Watch out for uneven surfaces and obstacles in your path.
  • Try to stay on paved or concrete sidewalks rather than grassy surfaces.
  • Stay alert and be aware of your environment.
  • Use crosswalks. Never assume a driver sees you. Try to make eye contact with drivers and wait for the crossing signal before crossing the street.
  • Don’t get in a hurry. Running or rushing increases the likelihood of a fall.
  • If you must walk at night, try to stay in a well-lighted area.

Join a Seniors Walking Group:

Check with your local senior citizens center, city hall, senior living community, or senior activity center for information about a senior walking group. They usually meet in a central location such as a mall or park and walk together. This adds to the safety factor and provides an opportunity to socialize.

If you are unable to get outside to exercise, you can go to a gym or fitness center and participate in a walking-in place for seniors activity such as using a treadmill or participating in an exercise class.