COLUMBIA, Missouri (KMIZ.)
After a big winter storm, not everyone is able to clear their driveway. This is why Columbia offers an organization known as the Snow Angels.
According to National Institute of Health, an average of 1.6 million adults visit the emergency room each year due to fall-related injuries. Studies have shown that the risk of falls in cold weather increases significantly after age 65.
Snow Angels is run by Services for Independent Living, a group that helps people with disabilities, seniors, and veterans. Enable individuals and groups to help their community remove snow and ice.
Shoveling snow is not a problem for everyone. However, Columbia resident Lowell Fish says he’s used to shoveling snow, so he doesn’t need the services, but he will always recommend “Snow Angel” to friends and family.
“I do it all the time, I live here, so it just gives me something to do because I’m so retired,” Fish said.
Fish spent just over an hour and a half shoveling snow between yesterday and today, and he told ABC 17 he helped with snow removal for more than 20 years at his previous job, so this n is not new.
Snow and ice can still be dangerous for anyone walking outside, but they are especially dangerous for older people. According to Comfort Keepers, an organization dedicated to providing elder care at home, sensitivity may decrease when you’re in your 60s and 60s, which can make falls easier.
The site also says older people can take medications that have side effects that could also make falls easier.
Fortunately, when it’s cold and there’s a lot of snow to clean up. The Snow Angels seek to help disabled and elderly people who wish to live independently.
You can find more information and a phone number to the organization by by clicking here.