Monthly President’s Report

DECEMBER 2019

I am sitting here in my office and snowflakes are falling.  Winter is here and that means snowstorms and ice on the sidewalks, steps, and driveways.  It also means the risk of slipping and falling is very real.  According to the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, nearly 50% of falls among mature adults happen outside during the winter months.  Winter is a fantastic time of the year, filled with wonderful family celebrations.  However, the fear of falling can prevent older adults from leaving their houses at this time of the year.  With a little planning, the weather should not be a reason to stay indoors.  According to National Safety Council, below are some ways to minimize the chances of falling.

  1. Plan ahead. When possible, plan trips around the weather.
  2. Allow enough time to get where you are going. The chance of falling increases when you are rushed.
  3. Exercise caution when getting in and out of vehicles. Plant both feet firmly on the ground and steady yourself on the door frame until you have your balance.
  4. Wear shoes with good traction and clean off the snow and ice once you get inside.
  5. Dress warm. Warm muscles will stay relaxed.  Tense muscles adversely affect your balance.
  6. Stay on cleared sidewalks and paths and concentrate on the path ahead.
  7. Avoid carrying items so you can keep your hands free for stabilization and balance.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!  May the season be a joyful one filled with good food, good friends and good memories.

God Bless all of you,

Gerald Beninga