Eau Claire (WQOW) - Snowy weather like Thursday's can put older members of the Chippewa Valley community at risk.
According to the CDC, an older adult is treated in the ER for a fall every eleven seconds. Officials with Eau Claire's Aging and Disability Resource Center said the risk of a fall is much higher in the winter, when conditions get slick.
That's why their first piece of advice for anyone fearful of a fall is to stay inside and out of the elements.
However, it's that's not an option for you, they recommend attacking ice grips to your shoes and canes or walkers. They'll even let you test some out, before investing in a set for yourself.
"We have what's called the 'Adaptive Loan Equipment Program' and that allows someone to check out an item for up to three months from our office for a small deposit," ADRC Program Coordinator Kaylynn Stahlbusch told News 18. "They get to basically just try it out before they decide to purchase because some of the items can be rather spendy."
For more information about the ADRC's 'Adaptive Loan Equipment Program' contact the office at 715 839-4735.
ADRC officials also told News 18 being neighborly can go a long way in weather like this and encourage people to check in on their aging neighbors and relatives.