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The Dangers Of Snow Removal For Seniors

The Dangers Of Snow Removal For Seniors

  Emergency rooms in your community  see a lot of accidents due to seniors clearing their own driveways and walkways.   It’s easy to forget how dangerous this is, but it is  something that elderly people should be particularly aware of with the amount of broken bones that are suffered, along with strains and cuts. People with heart problems are also at risk because of the significant physical effort that snow removal requires. Elderly people may already have pre-existing conditions, such as lung problems which makes it difficult to breathe. Elderly people can be very independent, and sometimes don’t realize that, while they have the will to perform tasks like clearing snow, their bodies aren’t able to manage the strain. However, one also has to realize that it is their responsibility to keep sidewalks clear so we have some suggestions to help with planning for the inevitable need to remove the snow from your property.  SNOW REMOVAL FOR OLDER FOLKS:   Shovel with someone else Make sure that you are shoveling snow with a neighbor or a family member. This will ensure that should there be an accident, someone will be able to assist and call for help if necessary.   Dress warmly and use layers This always plays a big part because once stepping outside, the body needs to learn to adjust to the conditions. Seniors will have more difficulty adapting to colder weather depending on their individual health situation. Poor circulation or arthritis can make this a challenge.   Some of the essentials for any outdoor winter activities: waterproof jacket to keep you warm and dry; winter-ratedboots. These...
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