Winter can be a wonderful time and although you may be dreaming of a white winter, snow and ice can present serious hazards for everyone.

Snow and ice make for treacherous conditions to walk through. Sidewalks become slippery. Shov­eling driveways leave us exposed to the cold and can be hard on our bodies. Driveways left unshoveled can be difficult to navigate. It is important to take the necessary precautions to prevent slips and falls. Pay close attention for black ice.  Black ice forms when the temperature shifts, causing pooling water to freeze and refreeze.

Wear footwear with non-slip soles. Sidewalks should be kept clear of snow and should be salted to melt the ice. Steps should also be kept clear as they can become especially dangerous to use when covered with snow and ice. When possible, railings should be used for support when walking.

Instead of dealing with the possible hazards of the outdoors, some choose to simply stay indoors as much as possible during the winter months. But it is equally important to stay safe while staying indoors.

The sun provides vitamin D that is important for bone growth and the maintenance of sev­eral organ systems and the immune system. According to an article on fitday.com, studies suggest that vitamin D may play a role in protecting against Al­zheimer’s and Parkin­son’s diseases. Seniors should make sure they supplement the loss of vitamin D from the sun by incorpo­rating foods rich in vi­tamin D such as milk, fish (such as tuna and salmon), and whole eggs.

Heart attacks spike as much as 53% during the winter months. Arteries constrict in the cold weather. This makes the heart work harder to pump blood through the body. This also can re­sult in high blood pressure.

With the increased amount of time spent in­doors, your home can become cluttered. It is important to keep paths clear of furniture and clutter which may create fall hazards. Space heat­ers, if used, should be kept out of foot paths and in the middle of a room at a safe distance from furniture or clothing that can catch on fire.

Be safe and have a wonderful winter!




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