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    Senior Safety Tips: Staying Warm Inside & Outside

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 22, 2016 7:01:00 AM


    Winter is in full swing, which can mean different things for different people. For some, it means ski trips, while for others it's a chance to catch up on some quality hobby time at home. But for seniors in particular, one thing is unanimous: winter can be hazardous to your health.

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    Topics: Senior Safety

    Keep Your Parents Safe This Winter, Even if They Live in Another State

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 5, 2016 8:26:00 AM

    We owe a lot to our parents. They brought us into this world, kept us safe through our most vulnerable times, and didn’t kill us no matter how annoying we were.

    Well, now your parents have grown old, and it’s time to repay the favor. The winter is a particularly precarious time for seniors, and there are plenty of ways we can make this difficult season safer and more pleasant for our parents. Of course, daily visits would be ideal, but here are several things you can do to keep your parents safe this winter, even if you don’t live around the corner, or even in the same city, state, or country.

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    Senior Safety Tips: Health Hazards of Cold Weather

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 28, 2016 7:09:00 AM

    As a kid, winter meant snow fights, days off from school, and Christmas presents under the tree. As a senior citizen, well, winter is a whole other ball game! Unfortunately, because of the drop in temperature, icy conditions, and impaired vision or mobility issues, winter ushers in a whole slew of unique health hazards for the older crowd, and many fall victim to these dangers every year.

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    8 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    When outdoor temperatures plummet and snow and ice cover the ground, conditions are dangerous for everyone, but it is seniors who suffer the most each winter from hypothermia, frostbite, slip-and-fall incidents, and other accidents.

    By better understanding wintertime dangers, seniors can better prepare and minimize the risks. Here are 8 winter safety tips for seniors that will help them safely navigate wintry conditions:

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    10 Tips to Keep Seniors Safe From Wintertime Falls

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 16, 2016 7:45:00 AM

    If you have an elderly loved one who will be spending the winter in a part of the country that typically sees significant snow and ice, there are steps to take that can help keep your loved one safe. As winter is the number one season for seniors suffering at-home slip and fall accidents, and as many of them do not (or cannot) prepare themselves for wintry weather, here are ten ways you can help keep your loved one safe this winter:

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    8 Winter Safety Tips For Older Adults

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 15, 2016 7:45:00 AM

    Safety should always be a top priority, for any age group and at any time of year, but for older adults, winter is a particularly accident-prone season. Wintertime safety measures, therefore, merit extra attention and special caution for senior citizens.

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    Winter Fire Safety Tips For Your Home

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 16, 2016 8:30:00 AM

    More home fires occur during the winter than at any other time of year, and many of these fires result in extensive property damage, severe burns and respiratory problems, and even in the death of the home's occupants. The elderly are particularly at risk, those over the age of 65 accounting for more than 1/3 of all winter fire fatalities, and young children are also highly vulnerable to these dangers. Thus, every homeowner has good reason to be concerned about wintertime fire hazards and would do well to learn a few safety tips that will minimize the risk.

    Some simple ways you can make your home a safer place during the winter by reducing fire risks include the following:

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    Topics: Senior Safety, Winter Safety

    HeatTrak in Action: Our New Video!

    Posted by Nichole Morine 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 Nichole Morine 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