Many of us look forward to the first snowfall with anticipation, especially after a long, hot summer. For the elderly, however, winter isn't about snowflakes, sledding and warm cups of hot cocoa. Winter can be an overwhelming time for senior citizens, especially if they live far from their loved ones that can help with the demands that winter weather brings with it. From shoveling sidewalks to clearing snow and ice from the cars to fears of frozen pipes and simply keeping warm and safe, winters can be long, lonely times for senior citizens.
Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in individuals over the age of 65. Slip and fall accidents are the number one cause of emergency room visits and injury-related deaths in individuals over the age of 65; because of this fall prevention should be of utmost priority when age-proofing the home. As you age, the need to be more cognizant of any potential trip or fall hazards in the home should be looked at with a more critical eye. Fall prevention measures also need to be implemented in areas of the country that are prey to snow and ice which leads to slippery sidewalks and steps.