When the temperature drops, seniors run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite, and falls in ice and snow. When winter comes, it’s better to be prepared!
Avoid slipping on ice. It is easy to slip and fall when the roads and sidewalks are icy and slushy. Seniors need to wear shoes with good grip and slip resistant, and should stay inside until the roads are clear. Worn cane tips should be replaced to make walking easier. Once inside the house, shoes should be taken off right away to avoid melted snow that can cause wet, slippery floors.
Dress for warmth. Frostbite are a result of cold temperatures - a condition where the body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. To avoid this, thick socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves and a scarf are necessities when going outdoors. In extreme weather conditions, all exposed skin must be covered. Cold temperatures can cause damage to the lungs so a scarf should be used for protection.
Check the car. Driving during the winter can be hazardous for people of all ages. Cars need to be serviced and maintained before wintertime hits. Tires should be changed and checking things like the oil, battery and wipers can make a big difference on winter roads.
Eat a varied Diet. With the temperatures dipping lower, more people are spending time inside. Nutrition deficits such as Vitamin D deficiency can be an issue. That’s why it is very important to eat a varied diet that meets seasonal nutrition requirements.
Ask for help. Whether it’s shovelling, putting on snow tires or doing errands during bad weather, seniors should not be afraid to ask for help – it is probably the most important tip for getting through the winter months safely.