“Dangerous” Activities of Daily Living

Extra, extra!! Read all about it!! One common potential danger we face on a daily basis, is a routine and mindless act that we perform at least 365 times a year. That’s right!! There are times where something as simple as taking a shower can be hazardous to your health. I will explain… The chances of suffering a fatal accident while in the shower are greater than those of being hit in a terrorist attack. We have become more aware of the dangers we face relating to gun violence, terrorist attacks, and nuclear weapons. However, we have become less vigilant when it comes to the dangers we can encounter in our own homes. I recently read an article published in the New York Times that discussed this issue and how seniors 65 years and older are at greater risk. It is important to understand that some activities of daily living, such as taking a shower, can become more challenging as our functional capabilities diminish. An active lifestyle and exercise can help you maintain an adequate level of function. However, there are instances where this is not enough and accommodations need to be made to the environment. These modifications can make the living space more user-friendly so that the senior can perform their everyday activities more comfortably and safely. Follow the link below to read the entire article, “That Daily Shower Can Be a Killer”.

Miller Calberto, MS, OTR/L, CAPS

Senior Partner

Adapting Spaces, LLC



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