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Home Safety Month: Pointers for “aging in place”

June is National Home Safety Month and there’s a buzz around “aging in place,” so we’ve gathered tips and products that can help today’s (stylish) older adults avoid falls and live well at home for years to come. A top home-safety goal: Fall prevention Falls are a growing problem when it comes to home safety, as many older adults opt to live independently at home for as long as possible. “Although many seniors are more active and living longer, more than 1 in 4 report falling,” according to the CDC. “Emergency departments treat over 3 million older Americans for falls each year while direct medical expenses add up to more than $31 billion annually.” (When you join PatientsLikeMe, you can report and track falls as a symptom on your profile and see what others have said about falls and fall prevention here.) Because falls can cause severe injury and loss of independence, the CDC encourages you to talk openly with your healthcare provider(s) about them as soon as possible, even if you don’t get injured. They can do a screening on your future fall risk and help address balance or vision problems, medication side effects and other factors. Preventing falls isn’t the only way you can make …

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Remodeling for ALS? Tips from a pALS who’s been there

Thinking about remodeling your home but don’t know where to begin? You’re not alone. Many people living with ALS consider a remodel to accommodate their needs as their condition progresses but don’t know where to start. To get some real-world advice, we talked to Jonathan Woodman, a pALS who recently renovated his garage into what he’s dubbed “Garaj Mahal.” Here’s his advice: First up: Focusing on a space Where’s the center of energy in your house? If your family tends to gather in a certain room (like the kitchen or living room) or on a certain floor, you may want to consider remodeling a space nearby. You’ll spend the majority of your time here so it’s important to make sure you won’t feel isolated. Is there enough space for friends or family to visit? Plenty of comfortable and spacious seating is an important part of making sure you have an inviting and comfortable space for visitors. Is there natural light? Where’s the sun? While the basement often feels like the most logical place for a remodel, you may want to consider a space with more natural light and accessibility. Windows and easy access to the outdoors can help improve mood and keep you …

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