First Aid for Seniors
an emergency situation, you do not need special first aid skills beyond
standard first aid treatment and CPR to care for people aged 65 and older. Still,
it is important to know that seniors are more vulnerable to accidents and
injuries. These may require immediate first aid assistance. Understand some common
elderly medical situations and you will be prepared when they arise.
more common situations that may require first aid for seniors include:
One out of three adults aged 65 and older fall each year,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This often
results in lacerations, hip or other fractures, and head injury.
Common causes of falls include:
inactivity or immobility
or medications that cause dizziness
Cuts and Scrapes
skin becomes more fragile with age, which results in more cuts and scrapes.
These are susceptible to infection. While older age itself does not cause
infections, many seniors also battle chronic diseases, such as diabetes and
heart disease, which decrease the body’s immune system defenses against
changes in heart and blood vessels put seniors at greater risk for heart
attacks, heart failure, and strokes.
Heat- and Cold-Related Illness
increasing age, people are more likely to have chronic medical conditions that
impair temperature regulation. Seniors also may take prescription medications
that change temperature balance. Make
sure seniors always use sunscreen and wear appropriate protective clothing when
outdoors. This protects them from either warm or cold weather exposure. Ensure
they stay hydrated to protect against heat-related illnesses.