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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Senior care In The WInter

As the weather gets cold and nature changes from rain to snow and ice there are those among us who may need a bit more care. The senior population are a strong generation that wants little to no help. But as ice, snow and cold temperatures make life challenging for everyone with slippery sidewalks the older population may need more help among us. Winter dangers seem to plague seniors with more injuries and illnesses than other populations. Here are some tips for seniors and those of us who love them.

Slipping on Ice seems to be among the top reasons injuries occur. Seniors are often plagued with  falls and these are a common occurrence in the winter months. Major injuries like hip and wrist fractures, head trauma and major lacerations can all be results of falling. Every age may take a tumble on the ice but it seniors take longer time to heal from these injuries. In order to avoid such injuries make sure to wear shoes with good tractions and non skid soles and stay inside til the roads are clear. Worn cane tips should be replaced for safety sake. When returning home after being out in the weather take off shoes so that snow and ice can not be tracked through the interior.To find out more, read o ur article on Preventing Senior Falls

Cold temperatures and the exposure to it can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. The CDC gives the fact that half of all hypothermia related deaths were people over the age of 65. Many of our seniors worry about their energy bills rising and keep the temps inside down. Likewise, they may not dress properly when going outside on frigid days. All exposed skin should be covered by cloth of some sort from layers of clothing to scarves to cover mouth and face. Body temp should never go lower than 95 anything lower shows a need for immediate medical assistance.

Wintertime Depression is dangerous as well.  Seniors who have less contact with others during cold months seem to suffer from Wintertime Depression the most. Feelings of loneliness and isolation become apparent. Friends and family can help battle this by stopping in for short visits.

Driving out on winter elements is dangerous for everyone but may be more for seniors who have slower reflexes.  Cars should be serviced for winter before the season begins. Having the oil changed, tires and battery checked and wipers replaced if needed all make a difference for winter time drives. Not for sure if the senior in your life should be driving read this helpful post. Warning Signs a Senior Shouldn't Be Driving

Winter storm may lead to the power being knocked out. It is best to be prepared for power outages Flashlights and a battery powered radio should be in a close location. Warm blankets and non perishable foods is something that should be on hand as well. If power does go out be sure to wear layered clothes including a hat to keep body temp raised.

Being prepared is the top tool of taking care of yourself in the winter time. Don't be afraid to ask for help with ice and snow being removed, arrange rides to the store and dr and take advantage of any program in your local area.

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