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Safety Through the Holidays

Right now we are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, everyone is busy with all of the holiday preparations that are all too familiar with each passing year. If you are an older adult or you have a loved one that is, then we need to make sure that safety is a priority this holiday season.
When decorating for the season either inside or out, do not trust yourself on a ladder or even a step stool if you feel unsteady. Beware of extra cords being in your path. It only takes a few steps in a low lite room to trip over cords that are normally not there or are in unexpected places.
Make sure that you have help lined up in case we have snow. It doesn’t take much snow to make a senior homebound. As we get older, our balance isn’t the same and just one small slip could end with some sad (or sore) consequences. Snow can also be a problem not only for the seniors but also for anyone who may be coming to their door to deliver meals or medications or just checking on them and their safety.
It doesn’t need to be said but most older adults should not be shoveling their own snow, this could lead to serious health issues that you may not even be aware that you have. Family, friends and neighbors please lend a helping hand to these older adults even if you do not know them personally.
Speaking of snowstorms always keep some canned food in your cupboard. Most Senior Centers and home delivered meal programs will be closed if schools are cancelled because of a snow storm. These of course often happen without warning so plan ahead for such occasions.  Also don’t forget about keeping your medications filled.  You would not want to be without them for a day or two. In general, just be prepared for power outages, keeping flashlights, extra blankets, pre-prepared food on hand, and cell phones charged.  
In the winter months, leave the driving to others. Family, friends, neighbors, and fellow church members, often are willing to help out if they know. Also, our local transit is available five days a week. It’s not worth the risk of driving in winter weather.
Above all use your own good judgement to have a safe winter, if you are hesitant about anything than it probably isn’t the safest choice, call someone else to help you. These are just a few reminders of how you can stay safe during the holiday season and through the winter months.  
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday from Fillmore County Senior Services.