Safety a necessity in winter for seniors

Winter can be dangerous for seniors who may have more limitations than those a little younger. 

Winter can be a dangerous time of year for seniors.

Those who have a few more years under their belt can often have more limitations when it comes to finances, and mobility. That can pose a problem with issues come up that require a change from the normal routine.

During winter, seniors need to be prepared for extra dangers that may present themselves.

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Paula Nelson from Right at Home joined us in studio to talk about some tips for staying safe and warm during the winter months.

  1. Stay warm indoors. A comfortable thermostat setting in winter is 68° to 70° F. Seniors who feel chilled indoors might consider wearing thicker socks, fleece slippers and a thin, thermal undershirt and leggings.
  2. Beware of slick outdoor conditions. Outdoor fall prevention includes these tips: wear nonskid boots, get help with snow shoveling and watch diligently for black ice.
  3. Wear appropriate clothing outdoors. The elderly who venture into the cold should wear light, layered, loose-fitting clothing under an insulated, waterproof winter coat. A hat and weatherproof, lined gloves or mittens are also a must.
  4. Keep well-hydrated. Although the elderly may not feel as thirsty in cooler weather, drinking six to eight glasses of liquid a day is still advised.
  5. Ward off isolation and depression. To beat wintertime blues in the elderly, schedule regular outings, personal visits, phone calls and social networking. Staying connected with others helps trigger the body’s natural mood lifters including dopamine, serotonin and endorphins.
  6. Be prepared for power outages and other emergencies. Every home needs a year-round emergency preparedness kit.