Robert (Bob) Adler

Robert (Bob) Adler

Every Day Items May Pose a Special Risk for Older Americans You might not think of a throw rug as a potential killer in your home, but if Robert Adler has his way you soon will. Mr. Adler who has served since 2009 on the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has been pushing the commission to more aggressively target consumer product injuries involving older Americans, a problem that is estimated to cost the nation more than $100 billion a year.

While people 65 and older make up 13 percent of the nation’ s population, they account for nearly 65 percent of all fatalities associated with products under the CPSC’ s jurisdiction-from bedding and ladders to appliances and electrical fixtures. The CSPC estimates that each year 10 million Americans 50 and older sustain injuries associated with such products.

The CPSC’ s new Senior Safety Initiative is important because older adults sustain injuries associated with consumer products at a rate 1.5 times higher than other adults and are hospitalized almost five times as often.

Eliminating Falling!

Falls account for some three-fourths of such injuries. The statistics are shocking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 of every 3 Americans 65 or older will sustain a fall this year; those 50 and older account for nearly 80 percent of all fall related hospitalizations.

Look at the list of the most dangerous products in the CPSC’ s jurisdiction, and its almost all about falls; things you can fall down (stairs) or off of (beds, sofas, chairs, ladders, stools) things you can trip or slip on (carpets and rugs, bathtubs, electrical cords); and things that can injure you as you fall (tables, desks. cabinets, shelves, fixtures).

There are plenty of products that pose other risks. Adler is pushing for a government safety standard that would cover all products in those categories. He also aims to speed up what he refers to as “ our snail-like rule making process” – for example, it took the CPSC more than eight years to come up with proposed safety rules for table saws! A full report can be accessed in this link.

Healthy Aging

As part of their Healthy Aging inititative, the Mayo Clinic has published some great tips on how to avoid falling.

Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it’s important. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, fear of falling doesn’t need to rule your life. Instead, consider six simple fall-prevention strategies. Read the entire article here.

How To Stop a Throw Rug From Slipping

Great how-to video in this link:

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