The winter months are upon us! The chance of falls greatly increases in these snowy, icy and slippery months. But, there are things that you can do to help reduce your risk of falls this season.
Winter shoes with rubber soles offer more traction on slippery surfaces. Also, sporting goods stores usually carry spikeless ice and snow shoe gripper sole covers that can easily attach to the bottom of your shoe to allow for added traction and less slipping.
Ice gripper cane tips may be purchased online. These attach to the tip of a cane and penetrate the ice to offer better grip.
Carry a small bag full of kitty litter in your pocket in the winter time. If you see a snowy or icy patch in front of you, toss a small amount of the kitty litter out ahead of you for better traction as you walk over the slick area.
Most importantly, DO NOT GET IN A HURRY! Take your time and walk slowly and carefully when outside during wintery weather.
Although no amount of caution completely guarantees against falls, thinking ahead and using precautions greatly reduces the risk. Stay safe out there!
BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING: Generations is supporting a national campaign led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) to spread awareness of the fact that older adults may reap major physical, mental and emotional benefits by volunteering for as little as two hours a week. There is a growing body of research that shows that older volunteers may experience a reduction in depression, chronic pain and stress, while improving their mental functionality and even their chances of living longer. The Volunteer Center of Greene County has many volunteer opportunities all over the county! If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.
GENERATIONS MAGAZINE: The winter issue of Generations magazine is out. Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUARD YOUR MEDICARE NUMBER: Protect it the same way you do for your credit card numbers. Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information. Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by phone, email, or by approaching you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. You can report suspected fraud by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Are you in need of assistance with your utility bills? The Energy Assistance Program offered through Pace Community Action Agency is designed to assist qualifying households with the higher costs of heating their homes in the winter months. The program begins November 1st and runs through mid-May. Households that meet program guidelines receive a one-time benefit to their primary heat source to help defray the higher cost of heating their home. The amount of assistance a household receives is based on a point system and not the amount of the utility bill. A home can earn up to 16 points with each point equating to $25 to the home’s primary heat source. An additional $75 benefit is given to the home’s electric account as well. Points are earned based on the following categories, household income, type of home, housing status, at risk category, heat type and payment status. Applications will be available November 1st and can be found on the Pace website at www.pacecaa.org or by contacting the Energy Assistance office in your county of residence.
Brenda is a Community Resource Coordinator with Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability. She can be reached at email@example.com. Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.