Decorating injuries are always problematic during the holidays, and for
older adults, the effects can be even more devastating. As Dr. Yevgeniy
Khavkin of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center discusses in
this video, for instance, osteoporosis can increase the risk of serious fractures
resulting from injuries that may be less serious in younger people with
stronger bones. Although everyone needs to take care while decorating
during the holidays, here are some of the reasons older adults have an
increased risk of injury.
Medication Side Effects
Many older adults take multiple medications each day to manage chronic
conditions. These medications can cause side effects that can make decorating
riskier than normal. For example, someone taking a medication that causes
dizziness may struggle to use a ladder safely. Blurred vision and drowsiness
are two other medication side effects that can make decorating less safe.
It’s normal for eyesight to decline with age, and certain medical
conditions can further exacerbate age-related eye changes. Failing vision
can make it more difficult to decorate safely and increase the risk of
things falls and burn injuries. If your eyesight makes it difficult for
you to complete tasks, ask for help with decorating, so that you don’t
injure yourself or inadvertently increase the risk of injury to others
by using unsafe frayed wires that may have been difficult to see.
Chronic Medical Conditions
Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers comprehensive services
for older adults, including emergency care and
geriatric psych in Las Vegas
through our RISE Behavioral Health Department. Whether you need primary
or specialized care, get a referral to a doctor by calling (702) 880-2700.
In some cases, chronic medical conditions can increase the risk of decorating
injuries. Older adults with orthopedic conditions or who are recovering
from joint replacement surgery may be unable to safely manage the weight
of decorating items. People with heart disease could be at risk from the
exertion required to decorate, while others who are recovering from a
stroke may need physical or occupational therapy before they can undertake