Winter Safety for Seniors and Caregivers: Dressing Well for Cold Weather
Updated: 5 days ago
Protecting yourself is important in cold weather. Here are some tips.
Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia—a condition where the body temperature dips too low. More than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65, according to the CDC. (www.cdc.gov)
Keep indoor temperatures warm and dress in layers. If going outside in very cold temperatures, cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover your mouth and protect your lungs.
When venturing outside make sure you are outfitted with:
• Warm socks
• A hat
• A scarf
• A heavy coat
Prevent falls in slippery conditions
Icy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. Falls are a leading cause of death from injury in men and women over the age of 65. (www.cdc.org)
Help prevent falls in winter weather:
• Stay indoors until roads are clear and conditions have dried.
• Wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles.
• Replace a worn cane tip.
• Take shoes off immediately after coming indoors.