Navigating winter safely is a priority for our older adults to fully embrace everything beautiful this season has to offer. Winter safety entails everything from physical health and safety to mental and emotional health. Making sure your well-being is taken care of is our top priority. From ensuring proper footing on icy pathways to maintaining healthy social connections, LifeStream is here to support you and your needs. As you continue reading below you will find some ways you can ensure your safety this winter.
Regular check-ups: Be sure to schedule regular check-up appointments with your doctor(s) or healthcare provider. The cold season comes with an increase of health risks—staying on top of health check-ups will allow you to stay ahead of these potential issues. It will also allow you to be sure you’ve received your flu vaccine in time!
Driving Safety: Winters in East Central Indiana often lead to treacherous weather conditions. Road safety is highly important for your physical safety this season. If you are unable to navigate the winter roads, please utilize our transportation services. Visit lifestreaminc.org/transportation or call (888) 589-1121 to schedule a ride in your county—please call 2 weeks ahead or as soon as possible to secure your ride.
Fall Prevention: Icy sidewalks are tough to navigate. Take extra precaution when walking outside this winter. Keep your sidewalks clear or request help from a neighbor/friend, be sure to wear proper footwear with non-slip soles, and use assistive devices like a cane or a walker to ensure your safety. Wellness classes that focus on balance and strength are also available. Visit lifestreaminc.org/wellness to find classes near you.
Staying Active Indoors: In addition to wellness classes that focus on balance and strength, LifeStream offers a variety of courses to fit your wellness needs. If you are not comfortable leaving your house this winter or you are homebound, video-led exercises are a great option for staying active in the comfort of your own home. There are a number of videos available at your local library or on YouTube.
Emergency Preparedness: Having a well-thought-out emergency plan for power outages, extreme weather, and travel disruptions in the winter is essential for your personal safety as well as your peace of mind. Emergency preparedness can include staying stocked on essentials in your home, maintaining communication strategies with caregivers and healthcare providers, and identifying accessible shelter areas. It is always better to be overprepared than underprepared.
Maintaining Social Connection: The winter months can be lonely and isolating, especially for those who may be homebound. Social connection is crucial for our mental and emotional health. Regular interaction with family, friends, and community members can foster a sense of belonging, purpose, and joy. Social interaction can come from in-person visits, virtual connection, or group activities. If you’re looking for community connection this season, don’t forget about our Senior Cafés in each county—this is an opportunity for friendly conversation alongside a nutritious meal. Visit lifestreaminc.org/nutrition to find meal sites near you this winter.
Home Safety Checks: Having regular home safety inspections is important to ensure a safe and comfortable living environment. These inspections can identify health and safety hazards before they affect you.
Safety is always a priority and by incorporating these simple yet effective measures into your winter preparations, you’re sure to get the most out of everything these winter months have to offer.