Winter Tips for Seniors...

Stay Active & Safe this Winter

Winter is a time for watching the snow glisten in the sun and drinking hot cocoa by the fire. Activities in the winter offer a lot of fun, but there is also underlying danger. When the temperature drops it is essential to make sure you are safe and prepared for these potential threats.

Winter Safety Tips

  1. Appropriate footwear: Wearing the right type of shoe can save you from a devastating fall. Try to wear rubber or neoprene soled shoes with plenty of tread to provide better traction. "Comfort shoes," worn by many seniors, have smooth soles and should be avoided when possible.
  2. Use caution when getting in and out of the car: Many falls occur at this time. When you are about to get in or out of the car make sure your footing is clear before moving.
  3. Use floor mats: When entering a building, be sure you wipe your shoes on the floor mat to remove moisture to prevent slipping.
  4. Decrease your risk of falling: Danger can be reduced by wearing boots with non-skid soles and making sure steps and sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. If using a cane, be sure to replace the rubber tip.
  5. Drive safely: Driving in the winter can be dangerous but there are a few things you can do to help stay safe. Make sure to "winterize" your car, take a charged cell phone in case of an emergency, make sure to have an emergency kit in your car at all times, and do not drive on icy or unfamiliar roads.

 

By following these easy tips, you can stay safe while having fun this wintertime. Further assistance available at Jewish Family Service, 513-469-1188.

 

Adapted from Healthy Aging and Hebrew Senior Life.

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