With the weather cooling off outside, there are several health concerns for seniors to be aware of before going out for holiday fun this season. Staying warm and preventing falls are two of the most important aspects of winter healthcare for elderly individuals, and these can be addressed with these simple strategies for seasonal health and safety.
It can be easy to forget to drink enough water when the weather is not warm, but hydration is just as important in winter as it is in the summertime. When you are properly hydrated, your body is better able to regulate its temperature, so you will want to drink at least eight glasses of water each day.
Use caution traveling outdoors
On cold days, walkways may be wet or covered in ice, and these hazards can be hard to see. You should tread with caution and use a cane or walker if you have one. To get your cane ready for winter, be sure that the rubber stopper on the bottom has not worn down. Supportive shoes with non-skid soles are also helpful for navigating slippery areas outside.
Wear layered clothing
Instead of bundling up with one thick coat, you should wear several layers of somewhat loosely fitting clothes. This will actually keep you warmer and allow you to adjust to a more comfortable level of layers when you are inside.
Residents at The Lakes at Waterford and Alden of Waterford Rehabilitation Center can enjoy the winter season with maintenance-free living in a beautiful community with luxurious, private floor plans. To explore life at The Lakes at Waterford, visit their website or call 630-585-8047.