Winter has arrived, and it brings added safety concerns for older adults and the elderly. Many elders will suffer a bone fracture of one kind or another this winter, and that fracture has the potential to be life-changing.
The following tips are offered as preventative measures that can help seniors avoid slipping and falling on ice and snow during inclement weather:
- Wear the right footwear, meaning wear shoes and boots that fit, are not worn out, and still provide good traction.
- Wear gloves to help you keep your hands warm and out of your pockets, so you can use your hands and arms to catch yourself if you lose your balance.
- Keep your sidewalks and driveways clear of snow and ice; have someone (hopefully NOT an at-risk senior) blow
or shovel the snow away as needed. Apply de-icing material to reduce ice buildup on walkways.
- Take your time as you move from one location to another. Watch your step, be careful, move slowly – especially when you can’t tell if your path is clear and free of ice.
- Please don’t be too proud to ask for help if you need it. There is no shame in needing help.
- Be prepared for the possibility of a fall. Consider renting or purchasing an emergency-alert pendant, and be sure to wear it when you get it.
- Do not check the mail until it is safe to do so.