Think About It: Older Issues - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

May 29, 2014

Think About It: Older Issues

America's Health Rankings Senior Report says that Hawaii has the second healthiest senior population of any state in the country behind only Minnesota; hmmm… must be those covered Minneapolis walkways. The report ranks things like obesity, hip fractures, smoking, flu vaccinations, etc. Conversely, Hawaii is the worst state in the country to be a senior when it comes to pedestrian fatalities. Sadly, more people over age 65 here die per capita than in any other state due to street accidents. While measures are moving forward to help pedestrians and car drivers at various dangerous sites, alertness on both sides is the major hope for remedy to that ugly stat. 

When we here a sorry tale of anyone getting hit by a car we wonder- was the driver speeding, distracted, or cutting corners too sharply? Was the victim in a crosswalk or did he or she cross between cars? Was there low visibility due to darkness, rain, or sun glare? Was the pedestrian aware of what he or she was actually doing at the time of the accident? Honolulu is setting up demonstration sites to make Honolulu more "age-friendly", the majority of the responsibility for avoiding these unfortunate circumstances rest on the drivers and the pedestrians. If you come into an area that is poorly marked, has pedestrians, is dimly lit, or has glare during certain dayparts, then act accordingly.

For the elderly and anyone else on their feet, walking in brightly colored clothes and waiting for a few seconds after the light has changed is wise. Looking out for people making sharp turns- right or wrong- is also sound advice to preclude problems. Leading the country in per capita deaths among the elderly is a fixable problem, if everyone pays better attention. Think about it…

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