Jack Frost has arrived in Alberta, and he is here to stay. While we settle down for the long wait for spring, here are a few resources that you can use to stay safe during this winter.

Stay indoors, stay dry, and wear layers. If you must go outside in frigid temperatures, be sure to bundle up and to stay dry! Nothing steals body heat faster than a cold chill. Ensure you have accessories such as a hat, mittens, and a scarf to protect your lungs from the cold air.

Fall safety. With the abundance of ice and snow that winter brings, it is easy to slip. Be sure to keep your driveway and walk-way clear and salted, wear shoes with good grip, check the rubber tip on your cane, and if it’s too hazardous outside, stay inside and wait for a better day. If you are a resident of Cold Lake in need of help with snow removal, contact Cold Lake and District FCSS about their Snow Angels program.

Watch for hypothermia. Due to generally having less body fat and more limited mobility, seniors are at a higher risk of hypothermia in cold weather. Watch for excessive shivering, loss of color in the skin, confusion, lack of coordination, drowsiness, and weakness.

Get your car winter ready. Be sure to get your car in before winter hits to prepare it for the changing road conditions. Check your tires, oil, battery, and windshield wipers to make sure you are ready for all conditions. Ensure that your roadside assistance plan is up to date, always have your vehicle stocked with warm clothes and blankets, a booster cable, a charged cell phone, a flashlight, and water and snacks in case of emergency.

Watch for seasonal depression. You will probably find yourself spending more time inside due to the short days and icy temperatures. If you find yourself feeling lonely and isolated, watch for signs of seasonal onset depression. General symptoms are feeling listless and sad most of the day, losing interest in activities you usually enjoy, low energy, difficulty concentrating, oversleeping, weight gain, and feelings of hopelessness. If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, reach out to us and ask about our Volunteer Navigators. Whether it be a coffee date or a trip to the mall, having a friend can help reduce the symptoms of seasonal depression.