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Cold Weather Safety Tips For Seniors

Cold Weather Safety Tips For SeniorsWinter is approaching and as the temperature drops, it’s important for older adults to prepare for the potential risks that cold weather can bring. You can prevent many winter hazards simply by planning ahead.

Tips to Stay Warm Indoors:
To stay warm indoors, the National Institute on Aging recommends the following tips:
• Close blinds and curtains to prevent heat loss from your home. Weather stripping or caulking around windows can keep cold air out.
Keep your thermostat set to 68 to 70 degrees.
• Eat a well-balanced diet. What you eat is important to maintaining your health and keeping heat inside your body.
• Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors work. CO is a potentially dangerous gas emitted by fuel-burning heaters and appliances. Seniors’ bodies can’t eliminate CO as quickly as younger adults.
• Continue drinking at least six to eight glasses of liquid daily, especially in dry cold weather, to avoid dehydration. This can also help prevent dry skin problems.

Tips to Stay Warm Outdoors:
If you must go outdoors, remember to dress warmly. Keeping warm—inside and out —is key to guarding against hypothermia or loss of body heat. Seniors, who are among those more susceptible to the condition, can reduce their risk outdoors by dressing warmly with loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Mittens are warmer than gloves, because fingers generate warmth when they touch each other. When possible, wear a hat to protect against heat loss since close to half of all body heat is lost through the head. Wear nonskid boots and if you use a cane, replace the rubber tip before it is worn so it does not become slippery when wet.

When traveling, make sure your car has been tuned up and has good tires. Also, keep your gas tank near full and always let family or friends know your travel plans, including routes and times.

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Park Terrace is ready, willing and able to care for your loved one! Whether you are looking for respite care or long term assisted living care, we are here to help you! To learn more information about how Park Terrace Assisted Living or Park Terrace Village can help you or your loved ones, please feel free to stop by or call 731-479-1321 to schedule a personal appointment and tour with the administrator.

Another opportunity to experience our community is by joining us for lunch. We would like to invite you to come see why our residents are so happy here at Park Terrace Assisted Living and Park Terrace Village!

Park Terrace Village
712 Broadway Street, South Fulton, TN 38257
Assisted Living: 731-479-1321
Independent Living: 731-335-0109

 

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