HERKIMER — During the winter months ice, snow and cold temperatures can make life challenging for everyone. Slippery sidewalks and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and illness — especially for senior citizens.

Here are some winter safety tips from the Herkimer County Office For the Aging:

• Avoid slipping on ice. Make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles and stay inside until the roads are clear. Takes shoes off as soon as you get indoors so snow and ice don’t attach to the soles and make them slippery.

• Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia so it is important to dress in layers, including: warm socks, a heavy coat, hat, gloves and scarf. Cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover your mouth to protect your lungs.

• Many seniors have less contact with others during the cold months and this can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Have family check in on seniors as often as possible. Even a short phone call can make a big difference.

• Be prepared for power outages. Make sure you have easy access to flashlights, a battery powered radio, blankets, bottled water and nonperishable food that can be eaten cold.

• Individuals who spend more time indoors generally eat a smaller variety of foods and this can result in nutritional deficits. Eat foods that are fortified with Vitamin D, such as milk, grains and seafood like tuna and salmon.

For more information or for questions, contact the Office for The Aging at 315-867-1415 or visit the OFA website at www.herkimercounty.org by going to "Departments," then to "Office for The Aging."