Program keeping seniors safer during the winter in Davidson County

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Keeping seniors safe when sidewalk and road conditions are bad during the winter is a concern for many families caring for an elderly loved one.

After being hit with the first batch of winter weather last week, where freezing rain and sleet covered many sidewalks and roadways, Davidson County is trying to make sure seniors stay safe whether walking or driving.

The county has expanded its walking program from two to five days a week which allows seniors to go for walks inside the gym at the Davidson County West Center Street Campus in Lexington.

The goal is to give seniors an indoor alternative to walking outside in the cold and possible dangerous conditions during the winter.

The county is also trying to partner with the AARP which offers driver refresher classes to seniors and hosts "We Need to Talk" seminars which help families discuss whether or not  it’s still safe for a loved one to drive.

For more information, contact the Davidson County Parks and Recreation Department at 336-242-2285.

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