As the temperature drops and hazardous weather conditions approach us, it’s crucial for seniors to learn about winter safety.
Staying inside would be the ultimate solution; however, in some cases, the outdoors is difficult to avoid.
Here are five specific tips to keep in mind and some preventative measures you can take.
Winter Safety and Health Tips
Seniors are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia in the winter months. According to the CDC, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65.
When going outside, dress in loose layers. The air between the layers helps keep you warm. Make sure no skin is exposed to the cold air.
Dressing warmly protects you from the harsh conditions of below zero temperatures.
What To Wear
- Heavy Coat
It’s important to avoid serious injuries that occur from slipping and falling on ice and snow. Seniors tend to face complications while trying to recover from fractures and lacerations. You can avoid injuries by taking these winter safety precautions.
When walking outside you should wear shoes with good traction and avoid walking in areas with patches of ice. Black ice can be especially dangerous because it is hidden, so make sure to be aware of your surrounding and get assistance with walking if necessary. Additionally, if using a cane, be sure the tip of your cane isn’t worn down to assure safety.
When going inside, remove wet shoes to avoid slipping on the floor.
Be Proactive Against Germs
This is the season where cold and flu viruses tend to linger longer due to the cold air and lack of humidity.
Protect yourself from germs. Wash your hands regularly and use a paper towel to open doors in public places. Use a disinfectant wipe to wipe off phones and surface areas. Try to avoid places that are overly crowded.
These actions will decrease your chances of getting sick this winter.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
In addition to taking precautionary measures against germs, it’s also important to keep up with a nutritious and vitamin-filled diet to prevent illnesses. Make sure you understand your individual dietary needs in order to keep a healthy diet.
In general, take Vitamin C to support your immune system. You can also eat fruits and vegetables that contain Vitamin C, such as strawberries, oranges, pineapples, broccoli, and kale. Also consume foods high in zinc, such as fish, poultry, and eggs.
Maintaining a healthy diet will help in the prevention against illness and it will help your body and mind feel healthier overall during the winter.
Fight Against Wintertime Depression
It’s easy to become depressed during the wintertime due to increased indoor time and less travel. But there are things you can do in order to elevate your mood during these months.
Friends and family should take more time to visit seniors in the wintertime. If visiting is not possible, schedule regular phone calls. Having constant interactions will help increase happiness.
Seniors should also continuously be involved in their favorite activities. Whether it be knitting, playing games, or doing crossword puzzles, keeping busy with activities will help fight against wintertime depression.