During the winter months ice, snow, and cold temperatures can make life challenging for everyone. Slippery sidewalks and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and illnesses- especially for senior citizens.

  1. Avoid slipping on ice. Make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles and stay inside until the roads are clear. Takes shoes off as soon as you get indoors so snow and ice don’t attach the soles and can become slippery.
  1. Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia so it is important to dress in layers, including warm socks, a heavy coat, hat, gloves, and scarf. Cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
  1. Many seniors have less contact with others during the cold months and this can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Have family check in on seniors as often as possible. Even a short phone call can make a big difference.
  1. Be prepared for power outages. Make sure you have easy access to flashlights, a battery-powered radio, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable food that can be eaten cold.
  1. Individuals who spend more time indoors generally eat a smaller variety of foods and this can result in nutritional deficits. Eat foods that are fortified with Vitamin D, such as milk, grains, and seafood like tuna and salmon.

For more information or for questions please contact the Office for The Aging/NY Connects office at 315-867-1415. Or visit the OFA website at www.herkimercounty.org, go to departments, then to Office for The Aging.