Seniors, Stay Safe This Winter

As temperatures drop, seniors should take extra precautions to ensure their safety.Seniors, Stay Safe This Winter

Just as cold weather conditions can wreak havoc on our homes and the world around us, it can also affect our bodies. As we age, our bodies become increasingly susceptible to the cold. This means that seniors need to take additional health and safety precautions when temperatures drop. Here are some of the things seniors should do to protect themselves.

Watch Out for Ice

As you get older, your bones become more brittle, making you more susceptible to breaks and fractures. Broken hips are a particularly common injury for the elderly, usually caused by a slip or a fall. During winter, patches of ice can make it dangerous for anyone to walk around outside. However, it is especially dangerous for seniors who could easily break a hip or another bone during a fall. The best way to avoid slipping and falling is by staying vigilant and avoiding walking over patches of ice. Ice isn’t the only slipping risk that seniors face this winter, as wet or snowy ground can also increase the chances of slipping. To reduce your chances of taking a nasty fall, make sure you are wearing shoes with non-skid soles every time you venture outside.

Stay Warm

Older individuals can lose body heat very rapidly, making them more vulnerable to hypothermia. Additionally, because your body and immune system are not as strong as they once were, hypothermia can lead to many other serious medical concerns. For instance, it could result in a heart attack, kidney problems, and, in the most extreme cases, death. This is why it’s so important for seniors to keep their body temperatures up. You can accomplish this by keeping the heat on inside your home, and by dressing in layers. When you wear multiple layers, you have an easier time trapping your body heat and staying adequately warm.

These are some of the things seniors can do to stay healthy and safe this winter. Looking for another way to take care of yourself this season? Make sure you have the right personal insurance protections in place. For assistance with your coverage needs, contact the experts at Miller Carlisle Insurance Services today.