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Professional Geriatric Care Managers Offer Tips for Addressing Sensitive Home Safety Issues for Older Adults
Date:4/17/2013

Tucson, Arizona (PRWEB) April 17, 2013

Citing the rising concern about keeping older family members safe in their homes, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) put forward a series of tips on how to best deal with guns in homes at the point that older family members begin to lose capacities.

According to a 2004 National Firearms Survey, more than 25% of people ages 65 and older own guns. New statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association indicate that one in three individuals over 65 will eventually suffer from Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.

Clearly, dealing with guns in the home is one of the most sensitive and important issues children of aging parents can face. In a recent Forbes.com article NAPGCM Member Suzanne Modigliani offered these tips for family members:

  •     Determine if the gun owner is competent to keep a weapon. Ask questions such as, Why did they have it in the first place? Was the gun historically used for work? Was it used for sport, such as target practice or hunting? Was the weapon used as protection? Is the gun an antique? Does it have sentimental value? Are these uses still valid at the present time?
  •     If the answers to these questions suggest the gun should no longer be in a person’s home, try to get their permission to remove the gun. Having the support of others, like siblings or a geriatric care manager or attorney, may be more effective than trying to convince a person on your own.
  •     If you can’t make headway, your parent has cognitive issues, or you think the situation is dangerous, you’ll want to get it out of their house regardless. Call your local police department and ask them what to do. Should you bring it to the station? They may be willing to come to your house and pick up the gun.

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