6 Ways For Seniors to Stay Safe in Winter

6 Ways For Seniors to Stay Safe in Winter

Winter can seem like it lasts forever. It’s cold, icy, and all we want to do is curl up in a blanket and hibernate until spring. It can be especially treacherous for seniors, who may be alone for these cold couple of months. But we have tips to stay safe, here are six ways for seniors to stay safe in winter.

6 Ways For Seniors to Stay Safe in Winter

6 Ways For Seniors to Stay Safe in Winter


1. Avoid slipping on ice.

It can cause serious damage to seniors like fractures and cuts. It could even cause death if the fall is bad enough. Wearing shoes with good traction and non-skid soles is the best way to prevent falls. To avoid falling in your home, take off your shoes as soon as you return home because the snow and ice on to the soles will melt, causing slips.

2. Dress for warmth.

Cold temps can lead to frostbite or hypothermia. According to theĀ CDC, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths are of people over the age of 65. Seniors should dress in layers, wear thick socks, a heavy coat, a hat, gloves, and a scarf. Use your scarf to cover your mouth and protect your lungs from the frigid air.

3. Be aware of winter depression.

Winter can be tough on the emotions, it’s cold and the days are short. There’s not a lot of sunshine. Seniors have even less contact with others during the cold months, and this can causeĀ feelings of loneliness and isolation. Loved ones should try to check in as often as possible. Even a phone call can make seniors less lonely.

4. Car Safety.

Driving the winter is intimidating for anyone, but especially seniors. Their reflexes may not be as quick as they were before. If possible, seniors should get their car serviced before winter comes. Checking things like oil, tires, battery, and wipers will make the vehicle safer, and the senior feel better.

5. Prepare for power outages.

Storms lead to power outages, and with the storms we’ve had lately, it feels more likely to happen. Seniors should make sure they have easy access to flashlights spread throughout the house. They also should have lots of warm blankets to fend off the cold. Non-perishable foods will come in handy if your food in the fridge spoils.

6. Preventing Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

If you use a fireplace or a gas heater, it could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure all the batteries in your detectors are fresh.

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Judy’s Video Tip 8: Emergency Winter Storm Safety Tips

Judy's Video Tip 8: Emergency Winter Storm Safety Tips

With storms that have been bombarding us here in New Hampshire, this week Judy discusses great emergency winter storm safety tips for the young and elderly alike. She also plays fetch with Moses and makes a snow angel for Reagan.

Posted by Seniors Helping Seniors Southern NH & ME on Sunday, February 12, 2017

Emergency Winter Safety Tips


Staying safe during storms is a mix of common sense. Think of all the “what ifs” and making sure you have plenty of supplies.

Here’s a recap of Judy’s tips.

  • Be ready to be out of power, whether from heavy snow or high winds, power can easily go out.
    • Have plenty of flashlights and batteries nearby. Candles are a fire hazard and smoke does accumulate.
    • Make sure that your cell phones are charged in case of emergency. You could even invest in a portable battery charger for it.Have plenty of blankets to keep warm.


  • Have 3-6 days worth of food and water. Make sure you have a hand crank can opener!


  • Make sure to have enough gas in your car.


  • If you do loose power you can contact your local police and fire department to see if they can get the elderly to a hotel and stay nice and warm.


  • Finally, if you do care for a senior and you are able to, try to stay with them through the night that way if they do loose power they are not alone. We at Seniors Helping Seniors NH set up a few twenty-four hour shifts to make sure that both our caregivers and are clients are safe and comfortable.

Judy’s Video Tip 6: Cold Weather Tips for Seniors

Cold Weather Tips for Seniors

The latest of Judy’s Video Tips talks about cold weather tips for seniors. These tips can be very helpful with being in, not only New Hampshire, but all of New England.

Cold Weather Tips For Seniors

Cold Weather Tips For Seniors

Posted by Seniors Helping Seniors Southern NH & ME on Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cold Weather Tips for Seniors


This is especially important for the elderly because they are more susceptible to Hypothermia. People over 65 are 50% of the Hypothermia cases seen in emergency rooms. Even medications can increase their chance for Hypothermia, as can Dementia because they can feel they are uncomfortable and not know why.

In case you missed any of it, here are some of the tips.

  • Make sure your beloved senior has plenty of layers on. They should have a warm scarf, fuzzy hat, and gloves to keep their fingers warm.


  • Make sure their boots have the right tread because it is slippery out!


  • When inside, have them change their shoes in case there is ice still on the bottom of the boots. The ice will melt, causing slips inside.


  • And if you can, try to visit your loved one a little more in the winter. It might make the Winter Blahs go away for both of you!

See more of Judy’s videos here and here.