Cold Weather Safety Tips For Seniors

Cold Weather Safety Tips For Seniors

(NAPSI)-For the 36 million seniors in America, cold weather can pose many dangers. Seniors, however, can take steps to avoid accidents and illnesses during this time.
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.
Commonsense measures can also help keep seniors safe.
* 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.
* Ask neighbors or relatives to help with snow shoveling. Shoveling takes more energy than many seniors think, as cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. If shoveling can't be avoided, warm up your body with stretching exercises and take frequent breaks.
Snow and ice can be challenging, especially for seniors. These are among the steps you can take to stay firmly planted outside:
* Wear nonskid boots.
* Have salt or sand applied to icy areas outside.
* If you use a cane, replace the rubber tip before it is worn so it does not become slippery when wet.
For more tips for seniors, visit www.Bankers.com and click "Senior Resources."