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Held in St. Joseph's Church basement at 12:00 PM on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month

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7 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

Andrea Lee

Help older people prepare for power outages and more unique challenges of wintertime weather.

During the winter months, ice, snow and cold temperatures can make life challenging for anyone. Slippery sidewalks and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and illnesses -- especially for seniors.

Finding elderly care to assist your senior on a regular basis can help keep them safe during any season. Check out the tips below that are specific to winter for preventing common cold-weather dangers that the elderly population faces. 

1. Avoid Slipping on Ice

Icy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. "Unfortunately, falls are a common occurrence for senior citizens, especially during the winter months," says Dr. Stanley Wang, a physician at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. Often these falls cause major injuries such as hip and wrist fractures, head trauma and major lacerations.

While younger people often recover relatively quickly from such injuries, older adults face complications, which Dr. Wang says are a leading cause of death from injury in men and women over the age of 65.

Make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles, and stay inside until the roads are clear. Replace a worn cane tip to making walking easier. Take off shoes as soon as you return indoors because often snow and ice attach to the soles and, once melted, can lead to slippery conditions inside.

To find out more, read our article on Preventing Senior Falls

2. Dress for Warmth

Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia -- a condition where the body temperature dips too low. According to the CDC, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65.

So, don't let indoor temperatures go too low and dress in layers. Going outside? Wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves and a scarf. In very cold temperatures, cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover your mouth and protect your lungs.

Your body temperature should never dip below 95 degrees -- if it does get medical assistance immediately.

3. Fight Wintertime Depression

Because it can be difficult and dangerous to get around, many seniors have less contact with others during cold months. This can breed feelings of loneliness and isolation.

To help avoid these issues, family members can check in on seniors as often as possible or send their loved one to adult day care; a short, daily phone call can also make a big difference. Seniors can also arrange a check-in system with neighbors and friends, where each person looks in on one or two others daily.

For more information on this topic, read our article on Getting Help with the Holiday Blues.

4. Check the Car

Driving during the winter can be hazardous for anyone. But it is especially dangerous for older people, who may not drive as often anymore or whose reflexes may not be as quick as they once were. Get your car serviced before wintertime hits -- or ask a family member to bring it to a garage for you. Checking things like the oil, tires, battery and wipers can make a big difference on winter roads. Also make sure your AAA membership is up-to-date in case of emergencies. If driving is necessary during the winter, review safe and reliable senior transportation options.

Learn the Warning Signs a Senior Shouldn't Be Driving.

5. Prepare for Power Outages

Winter storms can lead to power outages. Make sure you have easy access to flashlights and a battery-powered radio in case the power goes out. Stockpile warm blankets. Longer power outages can spoil the food in your refrigerator and freezer so keep a supply of non-perishable foods that can be eaten cold on hand. If the power goes out, wear several layers of clothing, including a hat. Move around a lot to raise your body temperature. Check out this winter weather checklist from the CDC to make sure you have everything you may need.

6. Eat a Varied Diet

Because people spend more time indoors and may eat a smaller variety of foods, nutritional deficits -- especially Vitamin D deficiency -- can be a problem. Nicole Morrissey, a registered dietician in southwest Michigan, recommends consuming foods that are fortified with Vitamin D, such as milk, grains and seafood options like tuna and salmon.

7. Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Using a fireplace, gas heater or lanterns can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Ensure your safety by checking the batteries on your carbon monoxide detector and buying an updated one if you need to.

The most important tip to keep in mind during the colder months is to ask for help. If you need to clear your property of snow and ice, don't hesitate to ask a family member or neighbor, or hire a professional. Arrange rides to the grocery store and doctor's appointments-many communities have shuttle services specifically for seniors. Don't be afraid to reach out for help.

Wintertime certainly poses challenges for seniors, but with a bit of planning and awareness, you will stay healthy and experience the joys of springtime soon enough.


Andrea Lee lives in Silicon Valley, Calif., and is a part-time college instructor and a full-time mom of two boys -- one in college, the other in preschool.

Home Delivered Meals (MOW) / Nutrition Project

The Morris County Nutrition Project provides hot nutritious meals, education and personal interaction through three components:  Congregate Meals, Home Delivered Meals, and Weekend Meals.  The Project served 509,669 meals in 2011.

The Project currently operates fifteen Nutrition Sites throughout Morris County.   Along with a noontime meal, Midday Friendship Centers are open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and offer recreational, social, and educational activities.  View our calendar and map of locations.

Some activities include line dancing, bingo, movies, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, guest speakers, parties, health screenings and educational programs tailored to the elderly.

Home delivered Meals (also known as Meals on Wheels) and weekend meals are available for elderly and disabled who are housebound.  The delivery of meals is provided through a network of paid employees and volunteer drivers. Call (800) 564-4656.

Morris County participates in the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program. This statewide program provides low income seniors with vouchers to purchase fresh produce at designated Farmers Markets in Morris County.

A summer picnic is held at each nutrition site for all congregate clients.  View picnic locations and dates.

Senior Support Program

Atlantic Health System currently has a FREE program to all Seniors that are serviced by Morristown Medical Center. The Senior Support Program is a Social Work program that encourages and preserves independence. For more information click link ATLANTIC HEALTH SENIOR SUPPORT PROGRAM

Age In Place

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Human Services have established a “one-door” access to services that will help people age in place. In New Jersey, this is called the Aging & Disability Resource Connection/Area Agency on Aging (ADRC/AAA)

Help For Veterans

If you are over the age of 60, disabled or a veteran of the US Armed Forces. you may be eligible for a variety of services. Many of these programs are provided by the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans,  

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Five Town Regional Dial-A-Ride, Inc.


Free Rides!!


Since 1977, Five Town Regional Dial-A-Ride has been serving the towns of Butler, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Pequannock Township, and Riverdale. During that time Dial-A-Ride has traveled over 4,000,000 miles and transported over 850,000 clients. Approximately 20% of our budget is funded through a grant by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Registration Form

Making Appointments: 
We do not accept same day appointments.
The client must be registered with the service prior to reserving a trip.
A minimum of 72 hours’ notice is required for all trips. 

Appointment reservations can be made by calling 973-835-8885. Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Eligibility:

Dial-A-Ride is available to residents who are 60 and older or 18 and older that have a physical or mental disability that includes functional limitations. We may also be able to provide transportation for people temporarily disabled by illness or injury with no alternate means of transportation.
 
Transportation is provided to eligible residents for NON-EMERGENCY medical appointments, nutrition sites, shopping, social services, recreational activities, and visitation provided space is available. Priority will be given to Medical trips first.
 
MEDICAID RECIPIENTS: MEDICAL TRIPS ARE PROVIDED BY LOGISTICARE: 1-866-527-9934 
Eligible Medicaid recipients may use Dial-A-Ride for non-medical transportation.

MAPS - Morris Area Para-Transit System

MAPS’ curb to curb service is available to residents who are 60 or older or 18 or older and have a physical or mental disability that includes functional limitations or reside in the rural areas of Morris County. MAPS may also be able to provide transportation for people temporarily disabled by illness or injury.

Trips to medical appointments, especially chemotherapy, radiation therapy and dialysis, have high priority. Trips to work, school and adult day care are also important. If scheduling permits, transportation for other reasons, like nursing home visits, may be available.

For regular weekday trips, you must call at least 48 hours in advance. MAPS will schedule appointments up to one month in advance. For the best chance of getting transportation when you want it, riders should call or e-mail at least a week in advance, since there is a big demand.

Voluntary Donations help pay the cost of each MAPS ride. Voluntary Donations:

  • General Ridership
    • $1.00 per round trip
  • For transportation to employment:
    • $1.00 per round trip or $20.00 per month (for community employment)
    • $0.50 per round trip or $10.00 per month (Employment Horizons or other shelter workshops)

If you have a question regarding MAPS, call (973) 829-8103 or (888) 282 6277.

For additional options visit Transportation services.

Non-Discrimination Policy:
The County of Morris is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from, or denied, the benefits of our services on the basis of race, color, or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Any person who believes that they have, individually, or as a member of any specific class of persons, been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, may file a complaint in writing to the County of Morris, Personnel Office PO Box 900, Morristown NJ 07963.

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Welcome Seniors!

Elysium Salon & Spa is excited to offer 15% off to all of their clients who are 65 and over.  They are located at 183 Main Street, Lincoln Park. Call for an appointment 973-694-1555 or visit their website.

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Spa 23 For Seniors


Lincoln Park Mayor's Wellness and Spa 23 are offering special deals for our  residents 60+ year old.
.Spa 23 for Seniors  Call Spa 23 for information or questions 973-839-8823
Wolfsons Clock
Wolfson's Market
Free delivery for seniors!
Call 973-694-0238 for details
Facebook link Wolfsons Market
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Interfaith Food Pantry


The Interfaith Food Pantry helps individuals and families make ends meet by providing them with a secure supply of healthy food every month as needed. Interfaith Food Pantry

Aging In Place


Morris Habitat for Humanity is offering Seniors of Morris County, NJ a special home repair program that makes accessibility and energy efficiency improvements to enable senior citizens to move around safely inside their homes.
Click on the link for more information.  
 Aging In Place
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Chilton Medical Center / Atlantic Health System


New Vitality


Atlantic Health System’s New Vitality is a health and wellness service for seniors designed to aid in preventing age-related chronic conditions and disabilities and minimizing emergency department visits and hospitalizations. This award-winning program works in partnership with our hospitals’ Community Health departments to help adults 65 years of age and older:

  • Reduce the risk of falls
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lose weight and avoid obesity
  • Manage, control and prevent diabetes
Visit their site for complete information: New Vitality

Chilton Wellness Classes


Chilton wants to help you redefine your life through health and wellness.  They offer more than 200 different types of wellness classes spanning all phases of life.  Many classes fill up fast, so call early to reserve a spot. Wellness Classes
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Elder Abuse and Neglect

This web site offers insight into how to identify elder abuse, the warning signs, risk factors, and getting help.  It provides links to many resources that may be helpful to individuals involved in helping a senior who may be abused or neglected. 
Elder Abuse, Neglect & Personal Injury Information Link

NewBridge Sail


NewBridge Sail (Senior Assistance for Independent Living) is a free program that connects Morris and Passaic county residents with available community resources that enable them to remain in their homes. Click link for more information: NewBridge SAIL



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