Changing Aging Blog

New York Times: Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation
Date: Nov 3rd, 2014 6:00pm

Author:

Jennifer Severson

Yesterday's New York Times' Health section story by Katie Hafner painted a vivid picture of the risks of falling seniors encounter while going about their daily routine. The online story shares videos of how stairs, showers and toilets appear to those with the symptoms of aging eyes - yellowing vision, cataracts and glaucoma. Click the link below to read the full story.

"As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuires is soaring. So the retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes where millions of Americans live are trying to balance safety and their residents' desire to live as they choose."

Question: How would you balance the risk of falls and a senior's desire for independence? Please share your thoughts in our Comments section below.

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