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Welfare checks

The phrase, “welfare check,” takes on special meaning during severe weather. With the possibility of several inches of snow on the ground, today is a good time to check the welfare of elderly or disabled neighbors.

The American Red Cross recommends that senior citizens have a personal support network of friends and family to check on them at times like this. But even people who have established such networks could find themselves cut off when bad weather hits.

Cold is the enemy. Those over the age of 65 account for nearly half of all hypothermia deaths, according to Home Instead. Equally as dangerous are falls, which are more likely for people of all ages in snow and ice. More than 1.6 million seniors end up in the emergency room each year because of a fall.

So do some welfare checks on neighbors and take good care of yourself — especially while driving.

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