FEB 8, 2024
Winter Safety Tips for Seniors
Winter can be hazardous for anyone, but especially for senior citizens. They can be more at risk for a number of winter hazards, due to lower response times, more health issues, and more sensitivities. Follow these tips to stay safe during winter conditions.
Icy and Snowy Conditions
Senior citizens are more prone to fracture and frequently have more difficulty in recovering from injuries. Therefore, they should take extra care during icy and snowy conditions. It’s no fun to stay in for days at a time, but when conditions are bad, seniors should limit how much they are getting out. When they do need to get out, they should do so with great care. Wear good shoes with traction and non-skid soles. Avoid sidewalks and walkways that have not been salted or sanded properly. Always remove shoes when you arrive back at home. Snow and ice that melts off your shoes can lead to slippery conditions.
When the temperature drops below freezing, be sure to adequately bundle up. Be sure that all parts of your body are covered when going outside to avoid frostbite. Most vulnerable areas include nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, and toes. Frostbite can happen very quickly, so limit the amount of time you are outside in below freezing temperatures. People with heart disease and other circulation problems are at a higher risk for frostbite. Increase your circulation and avoid frostbite. Adding compression socks can increase your circulation to help prevent frostbite of the toes.
Hypothermia is another risk during cold temperatures. Hypothermia is a condition when your body temperature drops to a dangerous level. This can occur inside or outside. Keep the heat at a comfortable level and dress in layers even when inside.
With outdoor hazards during the winter, it can be easier for seniors to stay at home for long periods of time. This can lead to depression from isolation. Family members should call and check in on their senior family members often. Arrange a calling tree among your friends and neighbors. Each person should call the next person on the list to make sure everyone in your circle is doing okay.
Keep the Maintenance on Your Car Active
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Fires
Avoid Covid and the Flu
*This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.