Injuries and the elderly



Otázka: Injuries and the elderly

Jazyk: Angličtina

Přidal(a): Karolína


In what situations do injuries happen?

  • Doing sports
  • Being at home – burning, cutting a finger, falling off furniture, skidding on something, breaking an arm or a leg
  • Car crashes


What should we do to prevent injuries?

  • Keeping walkways and stairs clear, no blocking the path
  • Having good lighting inside and outside
  • Installing handrails and grab bars in bathrooms, near toilets, and in showers to help keep balance
  • Wearing safety gear such as helmets, knee/elbow pads
  • Wearing seat belts
  • Exercising regularly, reducing the risk of injuries by stretching, building strength, flexibility and balance


Why are elderly people more susceptible to some injuries?

  • Weaker bones, muscles
  • Problems with coordination and balance
  • Problem with orientation – vision and hearing changes
  • Chronic health problems – arthritis, diabetes, heart problems
  • Medication side effects – dizziness, tiredness
  • Slower reaction times, reflexes


What are some life-threatening injuries?

  • Drowning
  • Choking on food
  • Suffocating


Once upon a time, there was a sweet old lady called Mrs Smith. She was quite active despite her age and loved to spend every morning tending her garden. One sunny day, while pruning her roses, Mrs Smith lost her balance and fell. She landed badly on her ankle and twisted it painfully. With a cry of pain, she knew she had sprained her ankle.

Luckily, a neighbour heard her scream and hurried to her aid. Together they carefully helped Mrs Smith to her feet and took her inside. After examining her, they discovered that her ankle was swollen and bruised from the fall. Worried about possible further injury, they decided to call for medical assistance.

The paramedics arrived quickly and examined Mrs Smith carefully. They confirmed that she had indeed twisted her ankle and advised her to seek further assessment at the hospital to rule out any fractures or serious injuries. Gently, they lifted her onto a stretcher and took her to the emergency department.

At the hospital, Mrs Smith went through a series of tests, including an x-ray of her ankle. Fortunately, no fractures were found, but she had suffered a painful strain and bruising. She also had a small graze on her arm where she had brushed against the thorny bushes during her fall.

The doctor gave Mrs Smith treatment for her injuries, including painkillers and instructions to rest and elevate her ankle. She was also advised to avoid putting weight on her injured ankle to prevent further damage. With the doctor’s reassurance, Mrs Smith was reassured that her injuries were not more serious.

Over the next few days, Mrs Smith carefully followed the doctor’s instructions, taking care of her ankle and allowing it to heal properly. Although she experienced some discomfort and pain, she remained grateful for the kindness and support of her neighbours and the medical staff who had helped her during her accident.

Despite her accident, Mrs Smith loved her garden. As soon as she was able, she returned to her beloved garden.

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