In recent days, many community and senior centers have closed their doors early due to the extreme cold and wind. This also means the senior nutrition program was closed those days as well. Joe Robach has continued to ask seniors to only go outdoors when absolutely necessary. Here is a link to the weather forecast for the Rochester area this week;
Joe Robach wants to make sure as many seniors within Monroe County are aware of some tips for when the weather gets extremely cold. Below are some precautions seniors may take as temperatures continue to decrease:
• Older people are more susceptible to getting frostbite and hypothermia (a
drop in body temperature) and this can cause illness.
• Stay inside as much as possible. If you have to go out cover all exposed areas.
Wear warm footwear and dress in layers. Wear a hat and gloves and cover
your mouth to avoid getting cold air in your lungs.
• Keep a list of emergency phone numbers next to your phone.
• Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to be sure they
are in working order.
• If you are using a space heater keep it at least 3 feet from furniture and
draperies. Heaters that use liquid fuel, if faulty, may cause carbon monoxide
• Be sure to check with a doctor before shoveling snow if you have heart
problems and/or don’t exercise regularly.
• Replace rubber tips on canes, walkers, and crutches. Home health care
stores sell “ice picks” that fit on the ends of canes and walkers to provide
• Understand your prescription drugs. Be aware that some medicines make
people more susceptible to cold. Ask your doctor if you should be taking
• Have chimneys and flues checked before using them.
• Wrap inside pipes with warm rags to keep them from freezing.
• Make sure to have extra food, blankets and water available along with a
flashlight and extra batteries.
• Call your friends and check on them and have a friend or loved one check on