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Winter Safety Tips for the Elderly

It’s that time of year again…winter! We can all appreciate the winter wonderland but it is important that as a senior citizen that you stay safe this winter season! Whether or not you live alone, it is important to take precautionary steps to ensure that you stay happy and healthy this season.

For starters, make sure you are always prepared for potential winter disasters. These include power outages as well as winter driving emergencies. You never know when you can get stuck in your house or on the road during difficult driving situations! Make sure you plan ahead and always have blankets and flashlights on hand. It is important to stay warm and to make sure that you always have non-perishable food on site in case of any potential power outages.

When you are clearing sidewalks, make sure you are not partaking in physical activity that is too strenuous. Furthermore, when walking down the street, make sure you avoid slippery sidewalks and surfaces. If you use a cane, make sure you replace the rubber tip of it before it becomes too smooth to further avoid slippage.

Make sure whenever you leave the house you dress warmly and in layers to avoid hypothermia as well as frostbite. You can always take off layers if you are cold, so make sure you bundle up! Make sure you follow all of theses winter safety tips to allow for the best accident-free, safe winter season!

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