Staying Safe

Preventing the Injury that Changes Everything

I remember getting the call: “Dad fell”. And the sinking feeling that this was the beginning of the end. Unfortunately, I was right and he died five months later due to additional complications. As we all know, a fall can change everything as we age.

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Why We Should Revisit Our Drinking Habits as We Age

Why We Should Revisit Our Drinking Habits as We Age

We have entered that time of year when darkness falls early, making for a long evening and the temptation to spend it by having one drink too many. The impending holidays will only increase the temptation as we visit with friends and family. It is important to understand why alcohol can act differently in older people than in younger people. An older person can develop problems with alcohol even though his or her drinking habits have not changed.

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Community building, one neighbor at a time

I confess that when I first started working at Community Thread, I wasn’t sure I could explain why our work impacts the community at large. I knew how our volunteer center deploys people to help with household projects, and how our transportation program helps get people to medical appointments, and how our senior center programs serve as a gateway for living and aging well. And I witnessed that the programs we offer do indeed change the lives of the older and disabled adults we serve. But on a larger scale, why does Community Thread’s work matter in the community?

In researching the topic of “building community,” I kept coming across edgy business advice (and the “building” they were referring to was about making money, not changing lives). It turns out that I had the order of the words wrong: it’s community building. And community building is at the heart of Community Thread’s work.

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Attention older drivers: what are you doing to keep up your skills?

We all remember that feeling of getting our driver’s license and the sense of adventure it offered. A whole world opened up as we explored new and vast horizons. The reality, however, is that all of us will reach a point when we must give up driving. Whether due to physical or cognitive limitations, the time will come to turn in the car keys for safety’s sake. But until that day, older adults can take several steps to stay safe behind the wheel

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