Health Watch - Holiday Moments: A Visit From the Grandparents

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about special holiday moments. Previously, we discussed ways that grandparents need to prepare for a holiday visit from the grandkids. If elderly relatives are visiting your home, you may need to make some preparations for them.

The biggest danger for older adults is falling. Dr. Craig Rubin, a geriatrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can make your home safer for elderly guests by taking a few precautions. Make sure there aren’t any loose carpets that are easy to trip on. Keep hallways, walkways and stairways clear of toys or other clutter. Keep sidewalks and outside steps clear of ice and snow. Use a nightlight to make it easier for guests to find the bathroom at night. If a guest has Alzheimer’s disease, it may help to place bright pillows or blankets on furniture so that it’s easier to see and adjust lighting so there aren’t any frightening dark corners. 

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December 2010


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