Winter Safety, Indoors and Outdoors
Let it snow, let it snow! Falling snow and icicles are pretty views through the window, but winter brings added dangers, especially for senior adults. Thyroid issues and diabetes can affect blood flow and body temperature. Parkinson's Disease and arthritis make bundling up more difficult. Older adults can lose body heat quickly.
If a senior gets too cold, it can become a dangerous problem before anyone knows what's happening. What can be done to keep seniors safe outdoors in the winter?
To stay warm and safe indoors during the cold months, senior adults should keep the room temperature between 68 and 70 degrees. If saving on heating bills is an issue, close off unused rooms, seal windows and close the drapes against drafts.
In the coldest weather, especially when there is the possibility of power outages, check on your older neighbors and friends and ask them to check on you.
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