With the arrival of the spring and summer months it means many people will start going outside to work in the garden and yard. However, it’s important to make sure your older loved ones do so safely.
The tools to dig up the dirt and cut the grass kept in the garage can also represent some dangers. Your older loved ones have not used these tools in several months and their ability to use them safely may no longer be what it was. Shaky hands and an altered sense of balance are part of the natural aging process that should be monitored on a regular basis. Make sure you both understand any new limitations on their level of activity before they start using the lawnmower or garden rake. Ask yourself some of these questions: Do your older loved ones still recognize the difference between weed killer and fertilizer? Can they safely use gardening shears or operate the lawnmower? Make sure you consider these issues now to avoid any serious injuries this summer.
To help you and your loved ones keep safe this summer, we gathered together several tips to keep in mind before you pull on the gloves and dig in the dirt.
For more tips and recommendations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website on gardening: http://www.cdc.gov/family/gardening/.
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