In Hawaii, maintaining an active lifestyle is important and for many seniors, daily walks are one of the best ways to stay healthy and keep fit. According to the CDC, approximately 24% of Hawaii’s population is over the age of 60 and this percentage is expected to double by the year 2025.
As we get older physical changes occur and delayed reaction times make it difficult for many seniors to stay safe. Peripheral vision is diminished, reflexes are slow and the ability to move quickly has decreased; making it more difficult to cross the street. Currently, Hawaii has the highest fatality rate in the country among older pedestrians. As drivers approach intersections, they are cautioned to be patient and considerate of elderly pedestrians who are crossing the street.
Safety tips for Seniors: