Winter Safety Tips For Seniors


It’s that time of year again, when the temperature drops and the snow starts. As cold weather approaches, you may be looking forward to winter activities and celebrating the holidays with your loved ones. As it gets colder outside, seniors are more at risk for winter-related injuries, and health problems. Below are a few things to remember for staying safe and healthy this winter.


Dress Warmly:

With Jack Frost nipping at your nose, it’s important to bundle up. You can keep warm by wearing dry, loose-fitting layers that will hold body heat and cover exposed skin. Don’t forget your winter accessories to keep warm such as gloves, scarves and hats. 


Winterize Your Home:

The best way to beat the cold air is by staying indoors. Schedule maintenance for your fireplace/furnace to keep warm inside. Make sure you have plenty of firewood, oil, or whatever you use as a heating source. In case of a power outage due to a snowstorm make sure you stock up on extra batteries, flashlights, and candles.


Prevent Falls:

There’s plenty of fun outdoor activities to take part in outside.  Make sure you are prepared. When it’s icy and snowy make sure you wear sturdy, non-slip shoes and walk carefully. Be sure to clear walkways and stock up on plenty of ice melt. If you have to shovel walkways make sure you take frequent breaks, or hire a snow removal service.


Fight Seasonal Depression: 

It can be difficult for seniors to get around during the winter months, which means many seniors have less contact with their loved ones. SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder is believed to be brought on by colder weather and earlier sunsets. To fight SAD, stay active and keep in touch with your family and friends. A phone call to your loved one could brighten their day when the sun has already gone down. If you’d like more tips on how to stay active, check out our blog Exercise Tips For Seniors.