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7 Tips to Escape Winter Isolation

As winter begins to ramp up, the cold temperatures and frozen precipitation can often force the senior community to feel trapped in their homes. There are, however, a few things you can do to keep from feeling so trapped. Here are 7 handy tips to help free you from the bondage of winter.

1. Work on your balance. 

Balance is key when it comes to walking outside, especially with the added hazards of snow and ice. A daily routine of exercises that focus on balance could mean the difference between a close call and a trip to the hospital. See Kelly Jarret’s 5 min balance exercises on the next page. You may even want to buy a pair of shoe spikes to help you stay upright in snow and ice.

Kelly Jarrett, PTA walks us through three low impact exercises designed to help seniors build strength and balance.

See More About Kelly's Exercise Classes here!

2. Make sure walkways are clear. 

If you can’t do it yourself, make sure you get someone to do it for you. Sand and ice melt are far more effective when the walkway has been cleared first. Contact us today if you need to set up this service.

3. Get your eyes checked. 

The eyes are not only the window to the soul, they are also the first line of defense when it comes to spotting trip hazards and dangerous conditions. Make sure your eyes are ready to catch all those slick spots before you stumble into them.

4. Walk like a penguin!

That’s right, change your gate to have shorter wider steps so you can maintain your balance in case there are slick spots you can’t see, like black ice. 

If you do fall, try to remember to tuck your chin to your chest as to avoid a serious head injury. You can also try to spread your limbs so that more of your body absorbs the impact reducing your chances of a serious injury.

5. Wear gloves. 

It’s important to keep your hands out and ready to go when you’re walking in dangerous conditions. Keeping your arms slightly extended at your side can help you maintain your balance.

6. Don’t get behind the wheel. 

If the roads are slick, call a friend or a driving service to get you to your necessary appointments or to the grocery store. There are even grocery delivery services that will make it easier to stay safe.

7. Stay in touch. 

Don’t let your location isolate you, reach out to family and friends via the phone or even by video calls. Just hearing a voice or seeing a smiling face can go a long way to beating the winter blues. Most smart phones now allow video calls as a part of their monthly plans.

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