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SOURCE AARP New York State
Assoc. Says Older Adults at Higher Risk of Injury Due to Slips on Ice, Cardiac Arrest from Shoveling - Issues Tips to Avoid Both
NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As yet another storm heads towards New York, slips and falls resulting from the constant barrage of wintry weather are soaring. Some reports have the total pegged as high as a 300 percent increase over prior years in New York. With New Yorkers preparing to brave the elements again, AARP is issuing tips to help them avoid injury and possible heart attack.
"Now that New York is set to be hammered with another storm, it's even more important for older adults to be careful about falling or suffering injuries while shoveling snow," said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York.
AARP says 11,500 people are sent to the emergency room each year with snow-shoveling injuries, and those 55 or older are four times more likely to suffer cardiac-related symptoms than younger adults are.
Orthopedic surgeon James Gladstone, M.D., co-chief of sports medicine at New York's Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, offers these tips for staying safely on your feet:
If you must shovel snow, here are some tips for doing it safely:
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