7 Ways Seniors Can Stay in Good Health this Winter
08 Jan 2018
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 roads and sidewalks and limit your time outdoors. The good news is there are several ways in which 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. Take a look at a few tips for limiting your illnesses and accidents in the winter.
1. Be mindful about your diet.
Now more than ever, you want to be sure you’re eating your fruits and vegetables, limiting your junk food and taking the proper vitamins to supplement your diet. This gives your immune system the best chance to fight off illnesses. Additionally, a good diet will make your body stronger and more resilient during a fall. Your diet impacts every other aspect of your health. Pay attention to it!
2. Wear the right shoes for the weather.
To combat ice and snow 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. Taking a few extra minutes to complete this task can save you months or more in rehab trying to resolve an injury due to a fall.
3. Dress in layers.
This advice is applicable to both indoors and outdoors – dress in layers! Layers will keep you warmer and are also easier to shed if you overheat. 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.
4. Make an effort to move!
Exercise isn’t always easy in the winter and sometimes you have to get creative. If getting outside isn’t a possibility, partake in some stretching or yoga, take a stroll indoors such as a retirement community or shopping mall. You can also look into what classes are offered by your local YMCA or Silver Sneakers. Staying active will keep your immune system in peak function and help keep off the winter weight.
5. Be prepared for power outages.
Another necessity for staying healthy in the winter is extra candles, flashlights and blankets. If your power should go out, you will need to remain warm and comfortable in your home until it is fixed. These essentials will be much appreciated in an emergency situation.
6. Designate someone to help you with salting and shoveling.
If you live alone and are unable to shovel and salt your own sidewalks and driveways, it’s important to fine a reliable friend or family member who is committed to helping you throughout the winter months. Make plans in advance so whenever winter weather hits you know you will not be stuck inside and that you’ll be able to safely get to wherever you need to go.
7. 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 and the best way to proactively combat this is to spend dedicated time with family and friends. If you live in a retirement community, make an effort to partake in 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, in-person or through your computer.
How do you plan to make a conscious effort to stay in good health this winter? Share your tips for living a healthier life at any age!