Prince George Senior Health | November 29, 2023
Winter weather conditions make it challenging for elderly people to enjoy time outside, and the risk of falling due to slippery conditions and reduced mobility can make it especially difficult. In this blog post, we will discuss how to prevent senior falls in winter.
In the winter, slip and falls due to snow and icy conditions increase, and seniors may have a hard time treading through snow if they have mobility issues, slow reaction times, and weak limbs. The colder temperatures can also make seniors feel disoriented, causing them to easily lose their balance and fall, suffering an injury.
4. Investing in good quality footwear that has excellent traction is crucial to prevent slip and fall accidents, even in the snowiest and iciest conditions. If you can’t get your hands on a good pair of winter boots that provide rough traction, then you can use grippers instead. Grippers are a nifty device that can be attached to virtually any make, make, model, and size of winter boot to provide extra grip and prevent slip and falls.
5. Walking with a friend, family member, or caregiver ensures that there’s always someone around to provide companionship and help in case of an emergency.
6. Walking with a friend, family member, or caregiver ensures that there’s always someone around to provide companionship and help in case of an emergency.
7. Frigid winter temperatures are especially tough on weak arthritic bones. Maintaining good bone health through a healthy diet and vitamin D supplements can help prevent falls.
8. Light exercises like Thai Chi, hatha yoga, leg raises, and toe raises can help stretch and strengthen muscles while also improving your balance. Increased strength and balance not only improve your reaction times, but also help prevent the risk of falling.
9. One of the great aspects of retirement living is that it allows seniors to take things at their own pace—and that includes going for leisurely walks. If you have errands to run, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go. Avoid carrying heavy items while walking in the snow, as they can weigh you down and increase the chance of falling.
Preventing senior falls in winter requires taking certain precautions, such as wearing shoes with good traction, using assistive devices, and clearing snow and ice from walkways. Seniors should also stay active and healthy to maintain their balance and mobility. By following these tips, seniors can reduce their risk of falling and enjoy a safe and healthy winter season.