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Winter Weather Warnings

It’s that time of year… the days are getting shorter and grayer. It’s getting darker earlier and earlier and people choose to hibernate instead of going out.  

Winter can be an unpleasant time for anyone, but it can be especially dangerous for older adults. Our bodies are less efficient at sensing cold as we get older, which means that an older adult may not realize just how cold they are. This plus losing body heat faster, thinner skin, and less body fat increase the risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Below are some tips to have a safer winter:

Going Outside 

In the Home 

In the Car 

  • Make sure you have a winter emergency kit in your car (these can be found for around $20 at various retailers) 
  • Get the car checked out before the snow starts (especially the windshield wipers, antifreeze, wiper fluid, oil, tires, and battery) 

Winter Storms 

Seasonal Depression 

Talk to your Doctor 

For information about home safety, home repair, and emergency utility help, visit the Ahead of the Curve Resource Directory or call our Resource Advocates at (734) 971-9781.

Emergency assistance can also be found by calling the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development at (734) 544-3008 

Check out our online training

Are you Ahead of the Curve? Take our short training any time to learn more about ways to support older adults in your family or community. You’ll learn to identify when someone might need more help and which resources are available for support.

Explore the Washtenaw County Senior Resource Directory

Our easy to use and regularly updated resource directory is a one-stop guide to older adult services in Washtenaw County.