By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan
June is National Safety Month. This is an important month to review safety precautions, especially for seniors. I am speaking from experience because when you reach a certain age, your mind may tell you to: climb that ladder, shovel snow (non-stop), carry that two-cubit bag of mulch/topsoil, or drive nine straight hours with the last leg being at night, in the rain.
The National Safety Council (NSC) established June as National Safety Month. NSC uses June to focus on reducing workplace injuries and death, as well as injuries and death that occur in cars, in homes, and around the community. NSC promotes safety importance and awareness as well as safety culture.
I believe, there are more seniors living alone due to the loss of a spouse and/or friends. Some seniors are now taking care of daily planning or routines they never had to complete before. This can be banking, paying bills, financial planning, shopping, laundry, home repairs, driving alone, and the list goes on.
There are many local organizations such as county and state offices, the United Way, community senior centers/organizations, churches, and family members that can help assist the aging community. The American Automobile Association (AAA) is a great resource for senior drivers and their families.
Therefore, during the month of June and year round, remember to check on the seniors you know, and be a resource to help them stay safe. Check out 100 Senior Safety Tips – A Comprehensive Guide for more information.
Pam Canty is an Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan and has been a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team since 2005. As an Intake and Screening Coordinator, Pam helps seniors in Michigan apply for food assistance and other benefits.