Cold Weather Means Keeping an Eye Out for the Elderly

The December freeze felt across Texoma can be hard on everyone, but especially hard on the seniors. Checking up on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors can make the difference between life and death.

"Stepping outside even to get a paper can be dangerous especially if we have ice and snow," said Texoma senior Ailene Prestage.

Seniors are more prone to frostbite and hypothermia. Poor eyesight, balance and brittle bones make it physically demanding when they step outside.

Picking up groceries, prescriptions and volunteering to drive seniors to their destinations are just some ways to help.

"The seniors need groceries, canned goods and things that they can use especially if the power goes out. Candles, flashlights and those kinds of things are also really helpful," said Presbyterian Manor Marketing Director Jerri Thomas.

But what's most important is making sure the seniors stay warm.

"At 81 years of age, you don't want to be outdoors. Keep your head covered and wear your gloves and have a scarf around your face," said Prestage.

Until the cold weather is over, seniors are recommended to stay inside.

"Stay in, stay warm, don't get out unless it's an emergency and you need to get out. Just stay home if you can," said Thomas.

If seniors do need to go outside, avoid wearing shoes with leather soles and add rubber tips to walkers and canes to increase stability.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.