Winter in Canada has officially begun, and for many older people, this is not particularly good news. Now more than ever, safety tips for older adults during winter
1. Get vaccinated for influenza
The flu season runs through the entire winter season and older people are at highest risk for influenza, so this is the best time to get vaccinated. Because older adults are more prone to colds, thermostats should also be set above 65 degrees. Any lower will expose older adults to the risk of hypothermia, and subsequently, mobility problems.
2. Have heating ducts and the furnace properly ventilated
It is also about time to check the furnace and the heating ducts to make sure they are in proper working order. The same goes for the fireplace, wood stove or space heater. A word of caution: take proper precautions and never forget to turn them off when not in use.
3. Dress in layers
Whether older people are staying indoors or outdoors, dressing in thick layers is a must. This will insulate their bodies from harsh weather. Pick out clothes that will not only feel comfortable but also will not pose mobility problems.
4. Stay active
The winter is not an excuse to go on a long-drawn vacation from exercising. In fact, there is even more reason to stay active during the winter—to stay warm and prevent mobility problems
5. Stock up on food and medications
Just in case there is an emergency and you could not possibly leave the house, you better keep a stock of food and medications. This way, older adults will not have to rush out of the house whenever they run out of a needed provision.