Thursday, December 5, 2013
Elder isolation a serious concern
Released by Fraser Health Authority
or many of us, the arrival of winter means ski season, skating lessons and hot chocolate by the fireplace. Unfortunately, for many seniors, winter can lead to isolation, depression and increased fall risk due to weakened muscles.
As the temperature drops, anxiety over falls and injuries rises. Many seniors choose not to leave their home for fear of slipping and falling on icy sidewalks, or simply because it is too cold for them. This may mean skipped trips to the grocery store, missed medical appointments and unfilled prescriptions.
This year, as you
prepare for the holidays remember the seniors in your community who
may appreciate the extra attention and help. A short visit can lift
their spirits and provide you with an opportunity to make sure their
basic needs are being met.
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