9 WINTER TIPS FOR SENIORS
The days are getting shorter and there’s a familiar chill in the air. The holidays are in full swing and there’s already talk about snow in the forecast. It’s official: winter is here.
Many people tend to feel anxious during the winter, especially seniors who are worried about maintaining their health during the bad weather. But by being proactive and implementing some strategies, it’s easy to stay healthy and happy during the winter months.
Read the below tips to get started.
1. PRIORITIZE YOUR HEALTH
As the colder weather approaches, it’s important to maintain your physical health. Create a plan that will allow you to safely exercise indoors throughout the winter months, and make it a priority to work out a few times a week. You also want to eat healthy throughout the winter. Resist the urge to eat fatty, sugary comfort foods and try to incorporate as many fruits and vegetables into your diet as possible. Exercising and eating well will go a long way in boosting your immune system, and hopefully, help prevent you from getting sick this winter.
2. STAY SOCIAL
Don’t forget to tend to your mental and emotional health as well. Many people feel depressed and sad during the colder months. Go out of your way to stay social in an attempt to beat the winter blues. Schedule reoccurring plans with family and friends, and surround yourself with your support system as often as possible. You’ll feel happier and more energetic if you have a full social calendar. Plus, the winter will go by a lot faster!
3. DRESS IN LAYERS
Bundle up! As you get older, your body struggles to regulate your body temperature, making you more susceptible to hypothermia. Make sure you are prepared for the colder weather by dressing warmly and wearing lots of layers. You can always remove an item if you start to feel too hot.
4. KEEP YOUR HOUSE WARM
In addition to bundling up, you also need to make sure your house is in good condition for the winter. Double check that your furnace and heating systems are working properly, and install weather-stripping around your doors and windows to keep the warm air in. Keeping your house warm is essential for maintaining your health this winter. Worried about your electric bill? We’ve compiled a list of ways to lower your bill this winter without sacrificing warmth and comfort.
5. STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES
If bad weather is in the forecast, stock up on all necessary food and resources. You shouldn’t drive in severe weather conditions, and you don’t want to worry about being stranded without any supplies. Double check on all prescriptions and medicines as well. Keep a backup supply ready just in case- you never know when bad weather will hit!
6. GET A HOME SECURITY SYSTEM
As the colder weather approaches, safety is your number one priority. A home security system can help you feel safe and secure at all times. Protect your home from intruders, prevent break-ins, reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, and get emergency medical assistance at the touch of the button. Relax this winter knowing your home is protected with a security system.
7. HAVE A SEVERE WEATHER PLAN
Get together with your family and create a severe weather plan. What will you do if you lose power and can’t communicate? How much help do you need? Be organized and create a plan that will help you in case of an emergency.
8. BE CAUTIOUS
When you go outside, take your time and be as careful as possible. You want to avoid slipping on ice and causing a serious injury. Stay on high alert and avoid doing anything too strenuous. It’s true what they say: better safe than sorry!
9. GET YOUR CAR SERVICED
The last thing you want to worry about during the winter is having your car break down. Before the weather gets too serious, take your vehicle in to get serviced. Ask them to check your tires, heating system, battery, wipers, oil, and anything else they think might be an issue in the cold weather. You may also want to purchase a roadside assistance plan in the event of an emergency. Resolve any and all problems now so that you can feel secure in the winter knowing that your car is taken care of.
The winter can be a stressful time for many people, especially seniors. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and get yourself physically and mentally ready for the upcoming months. By following the above tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the winter season without fear or worry.