As we head into the winter months, it’s important to be prepared for the dangers that may cause a range of injuries or illnesses for seniors. Here are a few tips that may prevent common winter dangers:
- Avoid Slipping on Ice: Falls are common for seniors, particularly during the winter months. Falls can be a serious impact on a senior’s health, and the injuries sustained from falls are a leading cause of death in men and women over the age of 65, according to the World Health Organization. To avoid falling, seniors are advised to stay active throughout the year to maintain balance and muscle mass, wear boots with soles made of slip-resistant materials and replacing them with the tread wears, learn to navigate treacherous winter terrain safely, and, ultimately, try to avoid snow and ice altogether when possible. Find more tips for how to keep seniors safe from winter slips on the Sunrise Senior Living Blog.
- Dress Warmly: According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65. Don’t let indoor temperatures go too low and wear warm socks, a heavy coat, gloves and a scarf when going outside. Cover all exposed skin in very cold temperatures, and never let your body temperature dip below 95 degrees.
- Avoid Wintertime Depression: To avoid the freezing, uncomfortable temperatures, many seniors may remain indoors throughout the cold months and thus have less contact with others. This can lead to isolation and possible seasonal affective disorder which can negatively impact a senior’s quality of life or even health. To avoid this, family members and loved ones should check in on seniors as often as possible. Find more tips on how to avoid SAD on the Sunrise Senior Living blog.
- Be Prepared for Flu Season: For older adults, contracting the flu can be highly dangerous, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, those over 65 may be at higher risk for catching the flu, since the body’s immune system tends to weaken with age. Because prevention is vital, the flu vaccine is important for even the healthiest senior. Find more advice on how to protect seniors from the flu this winter on the Sunrise Senior Living blog
While winter can be a beautiful season with many opportunities for holiday fun, it is important to help protect our loved ones from the dangers the freezing temperatures may bring.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living