In the cold weather, sometimes the ice, snow and freezing temperatures can interfere with safety for everyone. Care.com has many helpful suggestions for preventing common winter dangers that seniors face.
Avoid Slipping on Ice: Unfortunately, falls are a common occurrence for seniors during winter months because of ice and snow. To try avoiding falls, make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles, stay inside until roads and sidewalks are clear, replace worn cane tips to make walking easier and take off shoes as soon as you return indoors to avoid slippery conditions.
Dress for Warmth: Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia, so if you venture outside, make sure to wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves and a scarf. In very cold temperatures, make sure to cover all exposed skin and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Additionally, make sure to not let indoor temperatures get too low!
Fight Wintertime Depression: Because it can be more difficult to get around in colder months, many seniors have less contact with others. To help avoid these issues, make sure to have family members check up on you and meet up with neighbors and friends frequently.
Check the Car: Driving during the winter can be hazardous for everyone, but it is especially dangerous as you get older, do not drive as much and have slower reflexes. Make sure you get your car serviced before wintertime hits and take advantage of family members or senior services that can give you rides to where you need to be.
Eat a Varied Diet: As people spend more time indoors and eat a smaller variety of foods, nutritional deficits – especially Vitamin D deficiency – can become a problem. Make sure to talk to your doctor about your diet to ensure that you are getting all your nutrients!
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