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A Short Safety Guide For Seniors Who Plan To Travel This Winter

The snowy weather that is synonymous with Canadian winters has finally hit the Greater Toronto Area. If you’re like many other Canadians, you’re likely thinking of how to escape the frigid temperatures and icy roads. While a tropical winter getaway sounds like an awesome idea, it’s vital for older adults to remember that travelling requires strict attention to “safety first” thinking.

Allow us to present to you a short safety guide for seniors who plan to travel this winter.

Pack appropriately for the weather.

Here, in Toronto, toques, scarves, mitts and boots are now the norm. Although you may be getting ready to fly off to a warm destination, don’t forget these winter necessities for the trips to and from the airport. Of course, it’s wise to stay informed about the weather conditions at the location you’ll be visiting. This will help you pack the right clothes among other necessities for the climate you plan to enjoy.

Will you visiting another wintery location? If so, don’t forget the essentials. Be sure to pack warm, layered clothing. This includes thermal undergarments, hats, gloves and waterproof outerwear. Such gear can help you to stay comfortable and protected from the cold. It’s also important to pack sturdy footwear with good traction to prevent slips and falls on icy surfaces. Fall prevention is key no matter where you go or what the conditions are.

Prepare your vehicle.

If there are no flights in your future, consider the needs of your car before your journey. It’s super important that your vehicle is prepared for winter driving conditions. This includes checking the car’s battery, tires, brakes and fluids to ensure they are all in good working order. You should also pack an emergency kit that contains such essentials as blankets, non-perishable food, water, a flashlight and a first-aid kit.

Bethesda Health Group also stresses the importance of safe winter driving. “It would be wise to avoid times of day when the roads are busier,” cautions their website, “Also, if possible, stick to driving on main roads and highways, as smaller back roads may not be plowed or treated. Remember that bridges and overpasses ice up before other road surfaces, due to cold air moving under and around them. Pay attention to signs warning of icy conditions on these structures.”

Strengthen your immune system.

Travelling during the winter can pose health risks for seniors, especially in cold weather. Seniors should take precautions to protect themselves from common winter ailments such as colds, flu and hypothermia. This includes staying hydrated, eating nutritious meals, getting enough rest and avoiding exposure to extreme cold for extended periods.

“Seniors with a weakened immune system are more vulnerable to catching colds and the flu or more severe illnesses including pneumonia,” Right at Home Canada reminds us, “Older adults should consult with their doctor about seasonal and year-round immunizations that are best for their individual overall health.”

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