... and we can't always stay inside where it is so delightful. Winter can be made safer, easier and more comfortable by following a few tips found in this great article by Madel
ine Vann from Caring.com
Acknowledging that one of the things that truly changes with age is one's ability to regulate temperature; staying warm is essential. I have a running battle with my Dad, who lives in Canada, about wearing warmer clothing and boots. He has never found the just right winter wardrobe that will keep him warm and fit his sense of style. This is a battle worth fighting. Bundle the extremities and remember your scarf, the respiratory system is especially vulnerable to the cold.
Ms. Vann also writes that having a small bag of salt mixed with kitty litter to sprinkle on icy patches should be on every older person's winter preparedness list. We all know the dangers of falling, this handy tip will really help!
Take time to read her article and rundown her checklist - Be Safe it's cold out there!!
1. Stock Up
Have at least 7 days of food and water on hand and don't forget medications and OTC remedies.
2. Build Time in the Schedule
Move slowly whether on foot or driving be extra aware of your surroundings and any hazards that the weather might bring.
3. Stay Indoors
This may be hard, but if the weather is dangerous better safe than sorry. Unless of course, the power goes out.
4. Check the House and Car
Winterize both and make sure there are emergency supplies in the car.
5. Watch the Weather Reports
6. Stay in Touch
7. Dress in Layers
8. Walk on Spikes
9. Prevent Infections
A final tip Ms. Vann writes:
When it comes to protecting against the cold, all the experts seem to agree on one tip: Older adults need to pay attention to their body. If your loved ones are not feeling top-notch, they should stay indoors. If they do go outside, but start to notice their bodies are feeling different — particularly if they’re becoming disoriented or confused, their fingers or toes are hurting or numb or they feel pressure or pain in their chest — they should get indoors.