Oct 26, 2017 by Gregg Gammello
Although winter is a season of celebration and joy, for many older adults, it can also be a stressful time as they need to pay special attention to maintain good health, not to slip and fall while outside, and prepare their household for the cold months ahead.
Though this may sound like an easy task, sometimes older adults fail to dress adequately for cold temperatures. This can cause serious conditions such as frostbites and hypothermia. To avoid this, at home care services recommend that seniors wear a warm pair of socks, a heavy winter jacket, gloves, a scarf, and a hat every time they go out in the cold. What’s more, your loved should dress in layers of clothes to maintain body temperature.
When going outside in winter, seniors need to be extra careful not to slip and fall. Remind your loved one to avoid icy pavements, wear non-skid footwear, and refrain from venturing outdoors during extremely cold and snowy days.
As strong snowstorms can cause malfunctions in the electrical grid, which can result in power outages, at home care services suggests that seniors be prepared for this situation. Your loved one can do so by keeping a flashlight in every room of the house, stockpile on candles and warm blankets, and use a battery-powered radio.
When an actual outage occurs, your senior mom or dad should remember to dress in layers of clothes and move around the house frequently in order to keep their body temperature normal. Sometimes outages can last longer than expected, so stocking on non-perishable provisions is also a good idea.
Many seniors may find it increasingly difficult to socialize often and stay active during the winter. The last thing your loved one wants is to be at home alone over long periods of time, as this can make them feel lonely and depressed.
Your parent can avoid isolation by arranging a daily check in with a family member or a close friend, search for reliable means of transportation if they don’t own a car, and keep themselves informed on family celebrations and other social occasions.
Seniors need plenty of Vitamin D to keep their bones strong. It is easy to get sufficient amounts of this vitamin during the summer when there is plenty of sunshine and an abundance of fruit and vegetables, but what to do in the winter? At home care services recommend adding additional sources of Vitamin D to their diets, such as oily fish, beef liver, dairy, soy milk, and egg yolks.