July 12, 2024

Winter Wellness: Essential Safety Tips for Seniors During the Colder Months

Newton Village - Winter Wellness: Essential Safety Tips for Seniors During the Colder Months

Winter brings a unique set of challenges, especially for seniors. As temperatures drop and snow blankets the ground, it’s crucial for older adults to take extra precautions to stay safe and healthy.

The risk of slips and falls increases significantly due to ice and snow. It’s vital for seniors to ensure that walkways and driveways are properly cleared and salted. Wearing shoes with non-skid soles can provide additional traction. When going outdoors, it’s advisable to take it slow and steady, and use handrails wherever available. For those who use mobility aids like canes or walkers, checking that they are winter-ready with appropriate attachments for potentially icy walkways can be a lifesaver.

Another often-overlooked aspect of winter is dehydration. The air is drier during this time, and seniors may not feel as thirsty as they do in warmer weather. However, staying hydrated is just as important in the winter. Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, and using a humidifier can help maintain hydration and prevent skin from becoming dry and irritated.

Cold weather can also exacerbate breathing problems in seniors, particularly those with conditions like COPD or asthma. It’s essential to stay warm, but also to ensure that the air inside the home isn’t too dry or too cold. Keeping the home at a comfortable, warm temperature and avoiding exposure to extremely cold air can help manage respiratory issues. If going outside is necessary, breathing through a scarf can warm the air before it enters the lungs.

It’s also important for seniors to stay socially connected during the winter months. Regular check-ins with family, friends, or neighbors can ensure that if any issues arise, help isn’t far away.

At Newton Village, we work hard to ensure the safety of our residents, especially during the colder months. We also provide a wide variety of opportunities for transportation options and social interaction with staff and fellow residents.

For more information, please contact:

Newton Village

110 N. 5th Avenue W

Newton, Iowa 50208

Ph: 641-792-0115

www.newtonvillage.org