With so many of us wanting to age in place – no matter what place we chose — being healthy and safe gains increasing importance. From avoiding tripping on a rug to maintaining home repairs to remembering what to do in an emergency are all important items on the home health and safety to do list.
“Safety for Seniors” Part 2: Some Impacts of Climate Change on the Safety of Older Adults… and what to do about it.
This is the second segment of a senior safety video. When we think of climate change, we think of rising sea levels, extreme weather, and catastrophic fires. We seldom think of the impact of climate change on the health and safety of older adults. But it’s a real problem. Here are some suggestions for us from Dr. Jan Gurley, Director of Public Health Emergency & Response as well as Deputy Health Officer, San Francisco Department of Public Health.
“Safety for Seniors” Part 1: Pay Attention & Have a Plan
This is the first segment of a senior safety video. What Mill Valley Fire Battalion Chief Mike St. John has to say about emergency preparedness and evacuation procedures is extremely important – especially when living in a suburban/wildland interface. It is relevant to everyone, not just seniors. It includes drone and time-lapse footage from the 2017 Sonoma fires, shot by Tim Metzger.
Rebuilding Together transforms the lives of low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners by repairing and improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities. Nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year.
Rebuilding Together San Francisco volunteers participate in the nationwide Rebuilding Day that takes place the last Saturday in April. They also run a year-round Safe at Home program that provides basic safety modifications and critical repairs for low income elderly and disabled people.