6 Ways that Seniors Can Stay Healthy This Winter

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The past couple of years have been especially bad for illnesses such as Covid-19. Although now more than ever people are getting used to this new normal and working to protect themselves, there are still some things to keep in mind when trying to keep yourself healthy this winter.

 

Seniors tend to be more susceptible to illnesses and injuries. While most of the winter people stay inside, this gives germs the opportunity to spread more easily than in the warmer months. Pair that with snow and ice (depending on your location), and you’ve got a recipe for health and safety risks, such as falls.

 

Keep reading below to learn our tips for keeping yourself healthy this winter!

  1. Be mindful about your diet and what you are eating. Eating nutritious food is a given for keeping yourself healthier and applies to everyone regardless of their age. Choosing fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins and minerals such as B, C, D, and Zinc may also have the ability to protect you from Covid-19 and other viruses or lessen the severity and time you spend being sick.
  2. Wear the right clothing and shoes for the weather. If snow and ice are in the forecast and you can’t avoid going out for some reason or another, ensure you are dressed properly for the weather. Layering up clothing that can be taken off if you get too hot, and wearing the proper footwear can help prevent you from falling or getting hypothermia.
  3. Make an effort to exercise, even if you can only do so for 10 or 15 minutes. The benefits of exercise have been studied extensively and are well known. If it’s too cold or uncomfortable outside to take a walk or engage in some other outdoor physical activity, see if you can sign up for an exercise class or hit the gym or mall for a walk around. Staying active improves your fitness level, prevents weight gain and boosts your immune system.
  4. Have an emergency kit in your home and car. Ice, wind, snow and rain (again depending on where you live) does occur and can bring down power lines and all sorts of other technologies necessary for keeping your house warm, your water flowing, and for cooking. Make sure you have a first aid kit, at least 3 gallons of water per person per day for drinking, washing and cooking, as well as additional medications for at least 3 days in the event there is an emergency situation such as a power outage or snow storm that keeps you stranded at home. Having some non-perishables that can be consumed straight from the can is a good idea too, and definitely make sure you have extra blankets and warm clothing.
  5. Hire someone or ask a neighbor or friend to shovel and de-ice your driveway for you if you live alone and may be unable to do it yourself. Make sure you make plans in advance of any inclement weather so that you are prepared to handle whatever the weather throws at you.
  6. Take advantage of the cold weather to spend more time with friends and family this winter. Plan a family dinner, a game night, a movie night or any other fun activity you can do with your friends and family! Many people go through seasonal depression and spending time with your loved ones can offset those winter blues and give you a great opportunity to reflect and reconnect.