By Erin Denstaedt Certified Senior Advisor at Concierge Care Advisors
The winter months can be challenging for anyone to stay in good health. You’re battling higher risk of illness and cold weather, which can create dangerous conditions on roads and sidewalks and limit your time outdoors. The good news is there are several ways that you can be more mindful about your health this winter. Especially for seniors, staying in good health is essential to enjoying the best quality of life. Here are a few tips for limiting your illnesses and accidents in the winter months.
- Be mindful of your diet
Now more than ever, you want to make sure you’re eating fruits and vegetables, limiting junk food and taking the proper vitamins to supplement your diet. This gives your immune system the best chance to fight off illness. Additionally, a good diet will help you be stronger and more resilient during the cold months.
- Wear the right shoes for the weather
To combat weather related accidents, be sure to always wear the right shoes for the weather. Check the forecast and if rain, sleet or snow is a possibility, choose footwear that is non- slip, sturdy and warm. This small task can save you months of rehab trying to resolve an injury due to a fall.
- Dress in layers
This advice is applicable both indoors and outdoors. Dressing in layers will keep you warmer, and it’s easier to shed if you get too warm. For an aging loved one, it can be increasingly difficult to regulate your own body temperature. Help them dress in layers to stay comfortable and in good health.
- Try to move
Exercise isn’t always easy in the winter and sometimes you must get creative. If getting outside isn’t a possibility, try some stretching or yoga, take a stroll indoors such as a retirement community or an indoor shopping mall. You can also investigate what classes are offered by your local YMCA or Silver Sneakers program. Staying active will keep your immune system in peak function and help keep off the winter weight.
- Be prepared for power outages
Another necessity for staying healthy in the winter is extra flashlights, candles and blankets. If your power should go out, you will need to remain warm and comfortable in your home until it is restored.
- Spend more time with friends and family.
Another aspect of your health in the winter months that can be challenging is your emotional health. Many people suffer depression in the winter months and the best way to proactively combat this is to spend more time with family and friends. If you live in a retirement community try to join in on their many planned activities. If you live alone, ask your family and friends to check in with you regularly so you have someone to talk to each day, whether by phone or in person.
Wintertime can be a hectic and busy season, full of holiday get togethers and family. While this is a fun time for many, it can be a difficult time for seniors. It is important for us all to help care for the seniors in our lives. Help them to be safe and feel as loved as possible, while helping with enjoy the season!