Safety Tips for Elderly
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1. Avoid slipping

Ice, snow, low temperature can be challenging. Slippery sidewalks in freezing conditions can lead to a range of injuries. Footwear definitely plays a vital role hence the shoes should have maximum friction to avoid any skid. More importantly, it is always better to stay inside home till roads are clear & avoid risky routes.

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2. Dress for warmth

Extreme low temperature may lead to frostbite and hypothermia. According to the CDC, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65. Its advised to be dressed in layers while going outside with warm socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves and a scarf. Covering maximum of your body part helps in protecting your lung with least skin exposure.

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3. Fight wintertime depression

Seniors generally have less contacts to spend time with which may lead to loneliness & isolation. To avoid, family members or neighbors need to take a step forward & be in touch with the seniors. Even a couple of phone calls on a daily basis can be of major significance in these situations.

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4. Check the car

Driving during the winter can be hazardous for anyone. Especially for elderly, it is even more risky. If at all unavoidable, it has to be ensured that the car is serviced & all necessary checks are done & positive. Please review safe and reliable senior transportation options to stay protected.

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5. Prepare for Power Outages

Storms can lead to power outages. Make sure you have easy access to flashlights and a battery-powered radio in case the power goes out. Longer power outages can spoil the food in your refrigerator and freezer so keep a supply of non-perishable foods that can be eaten cold on hand.

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6. Eat a varied diet

Elderly people generally spend more time indoors & may eat a smaller variety of foods & nutrition. Consuming food with Vitamin D, like milk, grains & seafood are recommended.

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