Winter Safety

Modified: December 13, 2019 11:55am

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  • RSVP Volunteer Breakfast

    Join us on March 27th from 9:30am -11:30am for a free RSVP Volunteer Breakfast at the Amherst Senior Center! Anyone 55+ are welcome!

    370 John James Audubon Parkway
    Amherst, NY 14228

    Enjoy breakfast while learning all about our volunteer program!

    Register by Friday, March 20th - Call 858-8081 or email

    February 13, 2020 9:27am
  • Classes for People Helping Older Relatives or Friends 

    A six-week educational program designed to provide caregivers the tools needed for taking care of themselves is now being offered. Through six 2 1/2 hour sessions held on a weekly basis caregivers learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, and locate helpful resources. Attendees also learn how to increase their ability to make tough decisions and balance their lives.  


    February 7, 2020 12:13pm
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    January 8, 2020 3:08pm

Cold Weather Ahead sign

"When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite, and falls in ice and snow. Like most things in life, it is better to be prepared."

Precautions to Prevent Hypothermia:

  • Stay indoors (or don’t stay outside for very long). 
  • Keep indoor temperature at 65 degrees or warmer. 
  • Stay dry because wet clothing chills your body more quickly. 
  • Dress smart – protect your lungs from cold air. Layer up! Wearing 2 or 3 thinner layers of loose-fitting clothing is warmer than a single layer of thick clothing. Think about getting your thermals! 
  • Essential winter wear: hats, gloves (or preferably mittens), winter coat, boots, and a scarf to cover your mouth and nose.

Precaution to Prevent Falls:

  • Make sure steps and walkways are clear before you walk. Be especially careful if you see wet pavements that could be iced over. 
  • Clear away snow and salt your walkways at home, or hire someone to do it.
  • Wear boots with non-skid soles – this will prevent you from slipping.
  • If you use a cane, replace the rubber tip before it is worn smooth.
  • Consider an ice pick-like attachment that fits onto the end of the cane for additional traction.

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Phone: (716) 858-8526

Erie County Department of Senior Services
95 Franklin Street, 13th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
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