Savvy" Promotes Winter Safety
that winter has finally arrived, it's timely to remember about the danger of falls
and how to protect ourselves. At any age we can have a fall, but the risk factors
and harmful consequences increase as we age. Visual impairments, joint stiffness,
balance problems and fragile bones put the elderly at significant risk for broken
bones from a fall. So, do we hibernate over winter, afraid to go anywhere? Absolutely
not! Some basic safety precautions can help protect us while we enjoy life.
· Young people are most at risk from winter sports, but
these activities are key to enjoying the season. Make sure your clothing provides
warmth, protection and good visibility. Keep equipment in good shape. When you
are getting tired, stop! Judgement is impaired and reflexes are slower when you're
· Older people are at great risk from falls on icy streets.
The beautiful blanket of snow can hide uneven ground surfaces and ice. Walk on
bare surfaces where possible, focus on where you're stepping, take smaller steps
and use handrails, canes or someone's arm over difficult spots. Stay in if it's
· Use grab bars and rubber mats in the bathtub.
Keep pathways clear of small objects and scatter rugs.
. Use floor mats with
· Use nightlights for better vision.
Wear low-heeled shoes with nonskid soles
· Get up slowly if you're
on blood pressure medication.
· Have regular check-ups and exercise
. See your doctor if you have a fall.
few simple safety precautions can help us enjoy a safer, active winter.