Winter is coming…sooner or later.

While the rain drops that are currently falling make it seem more like October than January, it is winter in Buffalo Grove and we all know what’s coming our way. Winter brings a number of dangers that can be avoided with some extra caution.

Falls are one of the most common threats to senior health. The slippery walkways, wet floors and increased darkness all add to the risk of falling this season. When going out, skip the high heels and wear shoes that provide good traction on the ice and snow. Walk flatfooted in short, shuffling steps rather than full strides- think of how a penguin walks. Don’t be afraid to ask for help getting across a slippery parking lot or walkway.

Have you or someone you know been feeling glum lately? It may be more than the Bears’ kicking game or end of the Holiday cookie season. If that sadness persists for more than a week it can be an indicator of SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder. Luckily, there are treatments for SAD. You should definitely consult your doctor first. Treatments such as medication or light therapy have proven very effective in fighting SAD.

Winter driving can be especially treacherous. Even when there is no snow on the ground, ice and potholes may be lurking around any turn. Be sure to slow down and give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Drive during daylight when possible. Invite a family member or friend to join you so that you are not alone- your passenger will probably appreciate the ride too.

Of course, the #1 thing you should do is join us for January’s Public Safety Breakfast at the Alcott Center. The topic this month is “Winter Safety and Security”. Speakers from the Buffalo Grove police and fire departments will offer a number of tips to get you through the season safe and sound. The presentation will be January 30th at 10:15 AM (doors open at 10) at the Buffalo Grove Park District Alcott Center on Bernard. We hope to see you then (just take your time getting there)!

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