Thursday, January 12, 2012

What Not to Wear for Seniors--A Matter of Safety

Senior Thursday

Last week, we talked about fashions and clothing that seniors should avoid wearing as a matter of taste. Some items are timeless and will be forever classy. Others, not so much. This week, we are going to talk about what not to wear as a matter of safety.

As we age, our minds and health start to fail. Some more quickly than others. When this happens, our balance may be off, or our sight may start to go. And if this happens, gone are the days of stiletto heels and corsets. Our clothing should be more practical, thus more safe.

Here are some clothing items to avoid as you age:
• High heels or stilettos--avoid falls and broken ankles.
• Buttons are particularly difficult for those with arthritis
• Slip-ons--these can fall off the feet too easily.
• Long pants--they should be hemmed to a proper length (at the ankle) to avoid tripping.
• Loose clothing--these can catch on fire near stoves, or catch on doorknobs.
• Clothing with ties/strings--they could catch on doorknobs, cabinet handles, faucets, etc.
• Leather-soled shoes--stick with non-slippery soles like rubber to avoid falls.

If you are a senior, or know a senior, check their wardrobe for these health hazards.

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