Hannah & Henri have some helpful hints now that we are spending the winter at home

Any questions? We can help?

  1. There is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing! Think about warm socks and mittens, scarves, and hats.  It may be time to update your outdoor clothing so that you can be outside comfortably. Waterproof boots, windproof outer layers help us stay cozy and warm. Lightweight layers work best as you can add or remove as needed.
  2. Walking outside is a great way to keep active and it is a great way to safely get together with a friend. Think about using a walking stick and crampons which will help us with balance and let us all be more secure.
  3. Remember to have a clear path from your door to the street. If you cannot shovel, arrange to have someone do it for you. Check with your local community centre or local borough to sign up for assistance if necessary.
  4. Do your best to get outside everyday when the weather allows. If you can’t get outside, let some fresh air in. Open a window, go out on your balcony for a few minutes. It will help you feel less closed in too.
  5. Car safety is equally important. It might be awhile since we “winterized” our cars so make sure you check that your snow tires have proper treads, keep your gas tank always at least half full, and have treads and or a shovel in your trunk in case a snow plow socks you in! Leave yourself extra time to travel so you can properly warm your engine and defrost windows.
  6. Connecting either with a friend, a relative or a neighbor reminds us we are not alone. Online programs or courses, a zoom visit or phone call can break the feeling of loneliness for you and the person you are connecting with.

The Helpful Hints committee would love to hear  your thoughts or any ideas, or suggestions for some  you might be getting through the winter months.

We would welcome any questions or future topic ideas as well.

Send them to [email protected] with the subject title “helpful Hannah & Henri”

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