How can a Senior be safer in the winter months?

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Well, winter finally arrived this week! While it certainly isn’t the worst we’ve ever had, when I slipped on a patch of ice I was reminded that we all need to focus on safety- especially for our Seniors! Remember- we are ALL just one fall away from an extended stay at the hospital. Here are some tips from our friends at the Ohio Department of Aging.

  1. Stay active. The stronger you are, the better your balance will be as you traverse the snow and ice and slush. Ask your doctor or physical therapist about easy indoor exercises and seek opportunities to be active.
  2. Wear boots and shoes that fit properly and have soles with good traction. Keep shoes and walking aids (canes, walkers) dry and free of snow, ice, dirt and mud.
  3. Coats, gloves, hats and other winter clothing are designed to keep you warm, but items that are bulky, don’t fit well or can catch on nearby objects can increase your risk of falling.
  4. Know your limitations! If the snow is too heavy, DON’T SHOVEL IT! If the walk is too icy, DON’T TRY TO WALK ON IT!

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