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How To Keep Your Seniors Safe & Healthy This Winter

The weather and subzero temperatures of winter can present a lot of problems – especially for older adults. Here are some ways to make sure your senior loved ones stay healthy and happy during the cold season.

Winter-Proof Their Home

The living space itself can become a hazard during the winter season. All of the ice buildup and snow can make any walkway slippery – even if it looks all right at first glance. A variety of safeguards can be implemented around the home to help protect your senior loved one this winter:

Heating is important. If your senior loved one lives on their own, they may want to save money on the monthly bill, but it’s still advised to keep the inside temperature at a base of 68o. Closing off unused rooms, using door stoppers for drafts, and putting plastic over the windows each help a lot.

Dress Well for the Outdoors

It’s amazing how much a zipped-up jacket or a scarf can decrease discomfort on a cold, windy day. You can even use it as an opportunity to go on a fun-filled shopping day with your loved one. Here is a checklist of several clothing items to help keep warm during the winter:

Non-slip traction on boots can make all the difference in avoiding a broken bone during the winter season.

Be Aware of Medical Issues

Certain medicines and medical conditions can negatively affect body temperature. If you or your senior loved one take any medications and you are unsure, ask your doctor if it might reduce body temperature during the winter. Here are some medical conditions that can cause body temperature to drop:

Be Mindful of Seasonal Depression

Winter brings darker, shorter days that can bring down anyone’s mood. It’s important to make sure you or your senior loved one are getting enough social interaction, especially if they are deprived of hobbies requiring warmer conditions. Here are some ways to fight seasonal depression for your senior loved one:

Keep Their Car in Working Order

Winter does a lot of damage to a car, both immediately and long-term. Here are some ways to keep you or your senior loved one’s car in running condition during the winter:

Be Prepared for Anything

A few other problems may get overlooked, as they are less obvious. Here are some other safety tips for staying safe during winter months:

We hope you and your loved ones have a safe, healthy, and fun winter. If you’d like other ideas on older adult living, please read our Milestone Retirement Communities blogs.