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As people age, they become more susceptible to injuries and health conditions that can occur in cold weather. When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather. These ailments can be emotional, mental,  physical, or a combination of the 3.

Your Guide to Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

Winter is often a very difficult season for older adults. The decreased mobility means less time outdoors and fewer visitors. Decreased exercise and socialization can have serious effects on seniors.  It’s important to watch for symptoms, risk factors and hazards that can harm them. Get started with the following winter safety tips for seniors:

1) Ensure Emotional Wellness

Travel and socializing decreases during cold months. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Staying emotionally healthy can help seniors stave off depression and other health issues. To boost emotional health, encourage group and physical activities.Something as small as a card game among friends can lift spirits immensely.

2) Tread Lightly

Snowy roads and icy sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. Falls are a common hazard for seniors, especially during the winter months.  Often these falls cause major injuries such as hip and wrist fractures.  Such injuries are more serious in seniors because they’re at greater risk for complications.  Make sure to have an emergency plan for falls, so your loved one knows what to do.

3) Plan Ahead

Dress your loved one for warmth, even if they aren’t planning on being outside for long.  Elderly adults have a much slower metabolism, which lowers body heat. When temperatures fall, it’s important to protect them from hypothermia and frostbite. Be especially careful if they exhibit wandering behavior.  Seniors who have a habit of getting lost are at an increased risk of injury.  This risk becomes more pronounced in bitter temperatures.

Assisted Living and Winter Safety

Seniors can be particularly vulnerable to the winter injury and depression since they may be less mobile, and less capable of doing things on their own. The drop in temperature encourages overeating, sedentary habits and a lack of fresh air and exercise.  An attentive assisted living facility staff can be invaluable in preventing winter malady.

Keeping Them Safe All Year Long

Humans are social beings and this doesn’t change as we grow older. Your loved one may want to retain their independence at home, despite the risk of injury. An assisted living facility can provide the freedom they want with the safety they need. Knowing that your loved one is being cared for brings complete peace of mind. 

Release your worry and Contact Us today to find your loved one their perfect home.