For many people, winter is a great time to get outdoors and play in the snow and ice.
If you are a senior, however, you must take extra precautions to stay safe in these conditions. While a tumble may not put a young adult down at all, it could be life-threatening to you.
Seniors suffer greater injuries during a fall
Although a slip and fall accident may result in serious injuries for people of any age, the risk disproportionally increases with age. In fact, Mayo Clinic states that not only are you more likely to sustain serious damages during a fall once you advance in age, but you are also more likely to fall in general.
Bones decrease in strength as you age, which is one of the reasons falls are generally more serious for seniors. Younger bones may only suffer a sprain, while older bones may fracture completely. Not only that, but blood vessels also become weaker with age, which increases any bleeding resulting from a fall.
Winter preparation is essential for older adults
Because slippery conditions can be catastrophic for seniors, it is important to winterize as much as you can to avoid a slip and fall accident. Sprinkling your stairs and porch with snow-melting aids can ensure that you do not fall outside. If you are unable to shovel your driveway or sidewalk, consider hiring a service or neighbor to do it for you. It is well worth paying someone to ensure that you can safely traverse your property.
If you must go somewhere during the winter and it is icy outside, be sure to walk slowly and carefully to avoid falling.