As the mercury drops, we need to pay closer attention to the seniors in our lives. Icy and wet conditions can easily led to a fall, which can be disastrous for the elderly... Along with an increased risk of illnesses, like pneumonia, depression and Vitamin D deficiency can also be more prominent in the winter months, too. Have an awareness of these issues so you and your loved ones can approach the spring happier and healthier. Check out these 7 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors from Care.com... Feel free to read and share.
Here are a few highlights of the article...
"Make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles, and stay inside until the roads are clear. Replace a worn cane tip to making walking easier. Take off shoes as soon as you return indoors because often snow and ice attach to the soles and, once melted, can lead to slippery conditions inside."
"According to the CDC, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65."
"Because it can be difficult and dangerous to get around, many seniors have less contact with others during cold months. This can breed feelings of loneliness and isolation."
"Get your car serviced before wintertime hits -- or ask a family member to bring it to a garage for you."