How Seniors Should Prepare for Winter
With winter approaching fast and the temperature beginning to drop, it’s extremely important for senior adults to prepare for the potential risks that cold weather can deliver. Thankfully, with a little preparation and by following these simple suggestions, it’s possible to stay healthy, safe and as comfortable as can be during the winter period.
During the winter months, it’s extremely important to stay as healthy as possible. By keeping active it generates heat, which therefore keeps the body warm. Not only is it beneficial to your body temperature, it’s also great for your general wellbeing and fitness too. So when you’re at home, try to keep yourself moving by spreading household chores throughout the day, making yourself a hot drink etc. Take a read of our past article Chair Fitness Exercises For Those With Limited Mobility for more information on how to stay active.
With the cold weather on the rise, it also means that the flu season is beginning – this can cause some serious issues for those who have circulation or breathing problems. For this reason, it’s essential to get plenty of vitamin C to help strengthen your immune system.
It’s important to bear in mind that when wrapping up to go outside, several thin layers of clothing will actually keep you warmer than one thick layer, this is because thin layers trap the warm air. When getting into bed, try using a hot-water bottle or an electric blanket to warm the bed up beforehand – but make sure not to use them both together, for health and safety concerns.
Most people spend most of their time indoors during winter, so it’s important to make sure your heating system is working the way it should. Have your heating system serviced each year and check that it’s working before the cold weather starts.
If you’re over 65 years of age, be sure to visit your local GP and receive your seasonal flu jab. As flu viruses are constantly changing, it’s important to stay one step ahead. Have a jab once per year, with the latest vaccine.