With this drastic change in falls, we must take action to prepare ourselves for this winter season. Seasonal falling is highly correlated with colder temperatures, snowstorms and ice storms  which here in the Maritimes we are no strangers to the above. Below are a few strategies to be mindful of for this coming winter:
2. Staying Active
3. Getting Traction
4. Yes, use that cane!
Falls can be attributed to many things besides the environment. Make sure if you are experiencing an increase in falls, dizzy spells, or unprovoked falls, to consult your health care provider. Have a safe and happy Holidays!
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