The winter brings about a particularly tough time for senior citizens to get from point A to B, but these winter safety tips should help!
The winter months bring with it cold temperatures, ice, and snow, which makes life difficult for everyone–not just seniors. Sidewalks covered in ice and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and illnesses, and while not exclusive to seniors, it can affect them more than it affects the youth. Here are a few helpful winter safety tips to prevent common winter injuries.
- Slipping and Falling – Icy roads and sidewalks make it easy to take a misstep, slip, and fall. The winter-induced falls often cause major injuries like wrist and hip fractures, brain damage, and deep lacerations.
- Fight the Depression of Winter – Because snowy and icy roads make it difficult and dangerous to get around, many seniors have less contact with others during the winter months. This isolation can lead to loneliness and depression. Family members should check in on each other frequently, to avoid falling victim to seasonal depression.
- Vary Your Diet – Because people spend more time indoors during the winter, they also tend to eat less variety. This can lead to nutritional deficits, like Vitamin D, which can cause health problems. We recommend eating foods that are filled with Vitamin D like milk, grains, and seafood to ingest the essential nutrients and remain as healthy as possible.
Following these tips could help you avoid unwanted trips to the doctor or hospital. But if you find yourself in need, make sure you know how your insurance covers you. Contact SeniorChoices NW to schedule an appointment to review your Medicare coverage and see if you might qualify to make a change.