Brr! We have been experiencing winter weather lately even though it isn’t officially winter yet! As temperatures cool, it is important to think of ways to keep one another safe during the winter months. Here are some tips on winter safety and what you can do to stay safe, healthy, and happy this winter!
Have a Walking Buddy
Sidewalks and walkways are a popular place for icy, slippery surfaces, if you are planning on going for a walk or out to run errands, bring a family member or friend with you! Use a bit more caution when moving throughout your community, and enjoy the beautiful scenery that winter has to offer!
Use Sand or Salt on Sidewalks and Walkways
This is an important tip, not only for you but for others around you! Making sure that sidewalks and walkways are clear of ice and snow are essential to keeping everyone safe this winter and preventing falls. Sprinkle some sand or salt on your sidewalks often to ensure everyone is safe.
Pace Yourself when Shoveling or if Shoveling isn’t for You, Hire a Neighbour to Help Shovel!
Ah, shoveling, a great option if you're looking for some exercise - but it can also be an annoyance. If you are taking on the task of shoveling your driveway or sidewalk, be careful of your posture while doing so, as shoveling can cause a lot of strain on your back. Ensure you are taking breaks when you need them! Or if shoveling isn’t for you, a neighbour might be able to help you out and earn a bit of money to help with their Christmas shopping!
Check-in with your family members throughout the wintertime to make sure they are safe and comfortable. The winter months can become isolating for individuals as the cold weather becomes a barrier. Offer to visit for dinner, a games night, or sharing a Marlena Book together, this will boost everyone's mood and provide opportunities to socialize and connect. Take the time to check in and see if they need anything – and help out if you can!
Give Yourself Extra Time
Leave your house a few minutes early to account for road conditions, walking conditions, and ensuring you have enough time to get to your destination safely and comfortably.
'Tis the Season for Giving
If you know someone who may need some extra winter gear, give back and donate what you have so that everyone can stay warm and safe this winter. Or if you're feeling extra generous, donate to your local charity or Alzheimer Society!
It is essential to dress appropriately for the winter weather. Put on a scarf, hat, mittens, boots, and a warm coat and make sure your loved one with dementia is dressed appropriately as well. Nothing is worse than being outside and realizing that you are too cold. It is always best to be too hot than too cold as you can remove layers! Become aware of the effects that cold weather can have on our bodies, such as hypothermia and frostbite and ensure you are reducing your risk by bundling up.
Winter Accessories for Your Car
Winter driving can be challenging but ensuring your car is well equipped with the proper accessories is essential to everyone's safety. Ensure you are driving with winter tires, carrying a roadside winter emergency kit, and taking the proper precautions to clear off your car when driving keeps the roads safe for everyone, including you.
Maintain a Healthy Body and Mind
As we experience less sunshine or less time spent outdoors it is important to take care of you and your loved ones' nutrition. Eat foods high in vitamin D such as milk, eggs, orange juice, and fish. Eating a well-balanced meal (while still enjoying some Christmas cookies from time-to-time) will keep everyone feeling energized and happy throughout the wintertime.
Prepare for the Storm
Keep an eye out on the weather throughout the winter and be prepared for winter storms. Make an emergency kit filled with blankets, water, non-perishable food items, a flashlight, radio, first aid kit, candles and matches/lighters, medications, and toiletries. Keep your emergency contacts in a safe and visible place in the case of an emergency. Connect with your friends and family and ensure they have a plan in place too.
Wishing everyone a safe and fun winter season! Have other winter tips you do to stay safe? Share them in the comments below!