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Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

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Try as we may, there is just no way of wishing winter away. Now that the leaves are sporting vivid colors and falling in preparation for the changing season, here are some winter safety tips for seniors to keep you safe when the thermometer plunges below freezing:

Walkway Maintenance

Walkways should be a high priority. Make sure they are salted and well-lit to prevent falls. Make sure that your winter shoes or boots have plenty of traction. And, if you need a cane for assistance, consider changing out the tip.

At New Pond Village, our priority is the safety of our residents. We ensure that all walkways within the community are not only salted and well-lit but also regularly maintained to prevent any slips or falls, especially during icy conditions.

Bundle Up

Insulate by layering up! Hypothermia is prevalent during winter months and seniors are particularly at risk. That said, be prepared with plenty of layers; in fact, wear one more layer than you think you need. You can always shed a sweater, but there is nothing worse than being too cold. Slip on some mittens and don’t forget your hat as half of all body heat is lost through the head.

Healthy Eating

Never forget about eating healthy. Just because your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables aren’t in the market, that is no excuse not to eat healthy. Get plenty of vitamin D and protein by consuming foods like grains, cheeses, tuna, salmon and orange juice.

When it comes to dining at New Pond Village, we prioritize delicious and nutritious meals to support the health and well-being of our residents, especially during the winter months. Our dining experience is designed to offer a variety of options that cater to individual dietary needs and preferences. From hearty soups and stews packed with seasonal vegetables to wholesome, protein-rich entrees like grilled salmon or roasted turkey, every meal is thoughtfully crafted to provide essential nutrients and warmth during the colder weather.

Winterize Your Vehicle

Take time for a car check now. While it’s still sweater weather, visit your local mechanic and get a tune-up on auto basics like oil, tires, battery, wipers and windshield wiper fluid. You will be glad you did when that first snowflake hits the ground.

Community Connections

Encourage neighbors to touch base with each other. Team up with a friend or family member and check on each other throughout the cold months. So often, we are tempted to stay under wraps and warm, but depression and isolation can really set in during the winter months. Make sure you are keeping in contact with the “outside world.”

Emergency Preparedness

Remember to stock up. If a snowstorm hits your area, you may not be able to get out for a few days.  Make sure you have an ample supply of bottled water to stay hydrated, and non-perishable food items to hold you through in a pinch, and a week’s supply of medicine is also a good idea.

Benefits of Living at New Pond Village

Living at a continuing care retirement community like New Pond Village offers invaluable benefits, particularly during the challenging winter months. With dedicated staff, well-maintained apartment homes, and tailored services, residents can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their safety, health, and comfort are top priorities.

From the convenience of having walkways cleared and salted to the assurance of nutritious meals provided, New Pond Village alleviates the stress of winter preparations. Moreover, the array of amenities and activities available within the community fosters a sense of belonging and engagement, combating feelings of isolation often associated with the colder months. Whether it’s participating in organized winter activities or simply enjoying a warm meal with friends, residents have ample opportunities to stay active, connected, and fulfilled throughout the winter season.

Ultimately, New Pond Village not only enriches the lives of its residents but also provides a sense of security and comfort, making it an ideal place to call home year-round, especially during winter.

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