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    A Guide to Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats & Home Maintenance

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    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 8, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    The winter months are tricky to navigate for anyone, but the group that faces the most difficulty is unquestionably the elderly. They have an increased susceptibility to slipping and falling, and are more sensitive to the cold weather conditions.

    HeatTrak solves those problems by clearing a safe path to freedom for those most vulnerable to winter’s worst.

    Just ask Mr. Hagle and Jaden!

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    Topics: Insider, Heated Mats, Snow Melting Mats, Winter, Elderly, Senior Safety, Winter Safety

    5 Ways to Get Help With Snow Removal for Your Elderly Parents

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 24, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    The winter months are tricky to navigate for anyone, but the group of people who faces the most difficulty is unquestionably the elderly. To start, seniors are very susceptible to slipping and falling--one third of people aged 65 and older falls each year, and approximately 31% of those are due to their environment, making it critical that their pathways stay clear of snow and ice. However, seniors can do little on their own to remove the snow gathering outside of their homes. Not only does shoveling cause a severe strain on the back and heart, but the response of seniors’ bodies to cold can be diminished by underlying medical conditions or certain medications, putting them at increased risk for hypothermia; approximately 600 elderly people die in the US each year from hypothermia, so seniors should take great care when exposing themselves to the cold.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Winter, Elderly, Senior Safety, Winter Safety

    6 Ways You Can Help Your Elderly Neighbors This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 9, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Everyone living in a cold, northern climate zone, and even those residing in "mid-level states" like Colorado, Missouri, or Maryland, must deal with significant challenges every winter season. The elderly, however, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of snow, ice, slush, and low outdoor temperatures. One of the best ways to be a good neighbor is to keep an eye on nearby seniors during the coldest and, for them, the most dangerous months of the year.

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    Topics: Winter, Elderly, Senior Safety

    Top Winter Safety Tips for the Elderly to Keep in Mind

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 3, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Every winter season brings in its wake a number of significantly increased health risks, particularly for elderly citizens. One recent study published in the international health and science journal Injury Prevention, for example, found that the risk of serious hip fractures increased by 27% during winter for those between the ages 65 and 79. Many of these wintertime fractures are caused by slipping and falling on ice and snow, and they lead to extended hospitalizations and are often life-threatening. In fact, nearly a quarter of such hip fractures lead to death within a year of their occurrence.

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    Topics: Winter, Elderly, Senior Safety, Winter Safety

    How To Prepare Your Elderly Parents for a Winter Storm

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 2, 2015 5:00:00 AM

    One of the most painful moments in a person’s life is when they realize they must submit to the ultimate role reversal and become their parents’ caretaker. Nagging calls switch directions and no longer discuss your love life but rather your mother’s doctor appointments. Instead of seeking your father out for advice on mortgages and bank statements, you now take the lead to ensure that all of his affairs are in order and important paperwork is organized.

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    Topics: Winter, Elderly, Senior Safety, Winter Safety

    5 Winter Safety Resources for the Elderly/ Disabled Homeowner

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 1, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, slip-and-fall accidents are the leading cause of injury for those age 65 and older, with over a third in this group falling fatally or non-fatally each year. The disabled also experience high rates of slip-and-fall incidents, and every year, thousands are hospitalized for fall-related fractures, sprains, dislocations, and rotator-cuff tears.

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    Topics: Winter, Elderly, Senior Safety, Winter Safety