Easier Ways to Weather the Winter

Winter can be tough with freezing temperatures, ice on walkways, and even seasonal depression that can come from a lack of socialization. But, the long, cold months shouldn’t keep you from enjoying healthy, engaged and safe living.

Bundle Up and Travel Safely
Not only are chilly temperatures uncomfortable, but they can make it more difficult for your body to function properly. To stay warm, wear layers even when indoors, snuggle up in a blanket, put on slippers and wear cozy socks. Avoid cold or drafty rooms and keep the thermostat at or above 68 degrees.

Outdoors, seniors can experience serious injuries from a slip or fall. Since preventing a fall is far easier than recovering from one, invest in good non-slip footwear or ice grippers. Limiting travel is the best way to prevent an accident, but when it can’t be avoided, keep driveways and pathways clear of snow and ice. You may want to consider paying for the service if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself.

Stay Physically Active
When it’s cold outside, bundling up with a good book can be relaxing, but cutting out all activity isn’t good for you physically, mentally, or emotionally. Physical activity increases circulation, keeps muscles strong and is key to healthy living. Walking inside on a treadmill–or outside when conditions are safe–and lifting weights are good ways to maintain your exercise routine.

Keep your mind active and sharp too! Because symptoms of depression and anxiety can increase in the winter, exploring a new hobby, socializing and even reading are all extremely beneficial. Some artistic hobbies, like knitting and crocheting, have the added benefit of a final product that you can cherish or give as a gift.

Maintain a Healthy Diet
As people get older, their immune systems weaken, and they begin to lose their appetites. By maintaining a balanced diet all year long, you can keep your body strong, and even make it easier for yourself to maintain your core body temperature during winter. If you’re concerned about getting the proper nutrients or calories, consult a doctor about diet and vitamin supplement recommendations.

Socialize
Feeling isolated during the winter months is common, especially for older adults who may live far from family or struggle with mobility. Visits with friends and family can alleviate the loneliness, boredom and depression that can come from feeling isolated. When it’s difficult to get out, a phone call or video chat helps people stay connected. Another great option when weather permits safe travel, is to mingle and join friends at the local senior center. Participating in recreational activities and educational classes will provide mental stimulation and the possibility of making new friends.

Consider a Supportive Community
A Life Plan community like Duncaster makes winter easier for older adults by alleviating the stresses that come with the cold months. Socialization, entertainment, home and yard maintenance, healthy eating, exercise, health care and so much more are all included in the fabulous lifestyle.

For more information on the care Duncaster provides, during the winter and all year round, contact Lisa Greene Vice President of Sales and Marketing at (860) 579-1242 and she would be happy to answer your questions.

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