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9 Tips for Winter Senior Safety and FUN!

Joe Tirio - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tips for winter senior safety and Fun

As winter sets in, there are certain things we should all consider in order to stay safe and have fun!
Preventing Falls
If you’ve read any of my other writing, you know I’m serious about preventing falls. Winter presents a host of opportunities to fall, from the obvious ice and snow, to oversized boots, limited light and so on.
Winter can also lead to stiff limbs which can add to the probability of falling. Take a second to stretch when you rise from a chair to make sure all your joints are willing to participate in the walk ahead. Then take another second to gain your bearings and make sure there are no objects in your path.
If you will be walking outside, here are a few tips to help keep you on your feet:
- Wear appropriate footwear. Non-slip soles are a good start, but when there is a risk of ice, consider using something like Yaktrax to keep your footing on packed snow and ice.
- Walk with a buddy. A fall outside during winter can be fatal. Having a friend nearby to help right you or call 911 if you fall can be a lifesaver.
- Be careful of assistive devices. Devices like canes, walkers, crutches and even rollators behave differently in snow and ice than they do on solid ground. Be especially cautious when using these.
Moisturize… inside and out. This time of year is notorious for dehydration and it’s so easy to prevent.
- Drink more. Water is best, but just about any fluid is better than none. The exception is alcohol with actually absorbs water and can leave you with less moisture than what you started with.
- Use a humidifier. Humidifiers and vaporizers are great ways to get some extra moisture in the air. Talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist about preparations for your nasal passages to keep the moist as well.
- Lotions can help keep your skin moist and prevent further moisture loss through the skin. Hand washing during cold season is so important but while it removes the germs, it takes essential oils from your skin as well. Use a little lotion after you dry your hands to keep them soft
- Remember to eat well over the holidays. Its too easy to fill up on sweets and other rich foods during the holidays. Make sure you are eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well.
- People often wait until new year’s day to begin something new, but why wait? Use the change in seasons to prompt a change in some other part of your life. Read more, listen to good music, make those calls you’ve been meaning to make. Do something different and fun.
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