It’s tricky for seniors in the winter

I had promised another senior that I would write something on an issue which affects some seniors in Terrace every winter.

Dear Sir:

The Sept. 5th issue of The Terrace Standard carried Claudette Sandecki’s column “It pays to ask for assistance”. I then read Samantha Garvey’s article “Terrace remains a young person’s centre.” It reminded me that I had promised another senior that I would write something on an issue which affects some seniors in Terrace every winter and winter will soon be with us.

Either the last two winters in Terrace have been plagued with an unusual number of icy days or I am just getting older and notice them more. I am more cognizant of the condition of sidewalks and parking lots and a few falls on the ice will do that to you.

Many of us wear those cleats on our shoes when icy conditions prevail. They work well on sidewalks and parking lots but unfortunately they are deadly on those hard, smooth tile surfaces in stores.

You need them on most parking lots and particularly after a light snowfall which has packed and covered the sand from the days before. But make sure you take them off before you walk into the store. The problem is that none of the retail outlets have a bench just inside the door so you can take them off and put them back on when you leave. Except for the library and the Terrace Medical building and they may have been placed there for other reasons.

Two winters ago, I took a very bad fall in one store. I could not sit down and take my yak trax off. Last winter I took them off in my car, walked into a grocery store, made my purchase. On the way out I stopped at the customer service counter and explained to the gentleman how nice it would be if they had a bench just inside so seniors like me could take off their cleats/spikes/yak trax.

He just smiled. I walked out and fell about 3 metres from the door on snowpack that had likely been sanded earlier but it had snowed since. Perhaps it had something to do with me hurrying because a nice person had waved for me to cross. Either way it was not pleasant and each time you fall, you run the risk of doing yourself some serious injury.

So far the only thing I have hurt is my pride.

Many seniors have medical conditions which affects their sense of balance. There may even be liability issues if someone takes a fall on a slippery parking lot. A bench just inside the door with a sign might be a very inexpensive solution.

Yes, you might have to prevent loitering but the convenience will be noted by customers.

Either that or you might put up signs around Terrace that declare: “No country for old folks!”

Helmut Giesbrecht,

Terrace, BC

Just Posted

Firearms and fentanyl among items seized in police searches

Keith Seymour, 35, arrested on numerous outstanding warrants including kidnapping and extortion

More seniors in Terrace area struggling to afford food

The number of adults who used the Terrace Churches Food Bank jumped by 70 per cent from last year.

Terrace Peewees win provincials

The Midgets won bronze and Bantams finished fifth, with the female Midgets still playing

Bigger and safer bridge to be built across the Nass

New two lane bridge will accomodate heavier commercial vehicles

B.C. NDP offers tax breaks to jumpstart LNG Canada in Kitimat

‘We’re not giving away more money,’ Premier John Horgan says

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

B.C. pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions from around B.C. for National Puppy Day 2018

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

Walking from Argentina to Alaska

Holly ‘Cargo’ Harrison is now in northern B.C. on his journey from Argentina to Alaska.

Most Read