Fall Into Healthy Habits: Tips for Staying Healthy This Season

Posted by Kia Crawford on October 15th, 2016 in Education | No Comments

seniors-walking-in-autumn-forestThe cooler weather is here, and most of us are relieved to have a break from the burning temperatures of summer. But while we might enjoy the weather more, we also need to be mindful of the other things that this season brings – namely, coughs and colds. We know you don’t want your senior loved one to deal with any illness, so we’ve come up with a few tips to keep everyone healthier this winter.

Wash your hands.

We know this seems very basic, but many people don’t realize how often they should wash their hands, especially if you’re near anyone with a contagious disease. You don’t need to go overboard and wash your hands every twenty minutes, but be mindful of your surroundings, and wash your hands anytime you use a public railing, assist an ill person, and after touching your own face (this will help prevent the spread of germs you may be unaware that you have picked up along the way).

Watch out for ice!

In Georgia, we are fortunate to enjoy milder temperatures for much of the cold season. However, we do have to contend with ice, which can be a hazard for our seniors. Black ice, which is ice that forms over roads and is hard to spot, is another concern that you should take precautions for when helping your loved one. Be ready to assist a senior over any icy sidewalks or streets, and if you are pushing someone in a wheelchair, take a moment to look over your planned route to avoid any slipper patches. If you or your loved one falls, call for help and stay as warm as possible.

Chill out by staying warm.

It’s hard to be cooped up inside all winter with no fresh air or exercise, so find some exercises that your loved one can do indoors to relax and stay healthy. We’ve created a Pinterest board that outlines some exercises that anyone can do from a seated position, which is a great way to start an exercise program, especially if you’re working with a beginner.

Prepare for power loss.

Anytime you’re facing wintry weather, you’re facing the possibility of a power outage. Take the time to stock up on supplies and to make a plan in case your loved one loses power at their home. Keep an updated list of emergency numbers in a safe place so your loved one can contact you if needed, and make an emergency plan that your loved one can follow if they are alone and without power. Don’t forget to add flashlights, batteries, and blankets into your emergency supplies!

Do you have any other tips for staying safe and healthy during the cooler weather? Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn!