As we age the winter season can become more difficult. The older you are, the more the cold can affect you. Your body can get cold more easily. Often our balance can be off. Your immune systems are also not as strong as they used to be.
It’s important to be aware of ways you can take care of yourself during winter.
You need to be sure that you stay warm, especially when the temperatures drop. Be sure your thermometer reads at least 68 degrees, dress in layers and drink moderately.
Be very cautious about using a space heater. These heaters are the cause of the majority of fires in people over 65 and they can be fatal.
The type of shoe you wear is important so that you don’t fall. Non-skid shoes are the best. Also, don’t go out when the weather is bad. Get help or wait until snow and ice has been treated.
You should have enough food and drink for at least a week. If you have trouble getting to a store and there is no one to help you there are other options. Stores have delivery services so find one in your area.
A safety kit of things like a working flashlight, hand warmers, a first aid kit, a whistle, matches (use with caution) and some cash.
Stay in touch with family and friends each week. If you need help don’t hesitate to ask for it. There are also local Council of Aging organizations that can assist as needed too.
Private Home Health Care understands how difficult it can be for senior citizens during the winter months. Please take good care of yourself and do not hesitate to reach out for help if needed.