It can be a challenge for older adults to stay healthy during winter, especially those with limited mobility. However, there are a few activities or methods everyone can consider to keep themselves active as a preventive measure against medical ailments and to promote overall health.
While it may seem obvious to dress warmly during winter, it is particularly true for aging individuals who are more susceptible to the cold, falling sick, and even hypothermia. At the start of the season, make sure your loved one has all the necessary winter gear, including footwear designed to provide traction on ice and snow. It is crucial to ensure their hands, ears, and head are covered with mittens, beanies, and earmuffs before stepping out of the house when temperatures are dipping. Wrapping a scarf near their mouth for them to breathe through can also lessen the likelihood of lung damage from the cold. If your loved one gets cold more easily than others, shopping for thermal wear can help them feel more comfortable during this season.
On top of dressing warmly to be physically healthy, one’s emotional and mental health play a huge role in your overall wellness too. As much as it is a magical time for many people, seasonal depression is real. Winter can be hard for others as it’s gloomy, cold, and difficult for people to get out and socialize with those they normally speak to. If your loved one is staying by themselves, this season could also lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness, and even depression. This can also reduce the effectiveness of one’s immune system, making it easier to fall sick.
However, it is important to note there are plenty of ways to combat this gloomy time. Simply keeping in touch with family members and friends regularly in the form of video calls or making visits can make a significant difference in one’s emotional wellness, and in reminding them they are loved and cared for by those closest to them. Don’t shy away from participating in social activities, too!
Keep Your Body Active
Even for older individuals with limited mobility, there is an exercise routine for every person. From bed sit-ups to more yoga, there are so many options to choose from. At the same time, don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying your favorite outdoor activities – whether it’s walking to the mall to shop, taking a stroll outside, or traveling to visit loved ones. Not only does this get your body moving, you’ll also be able to get your daily dose of vitamin D that the season is depriving you of. Staying active will maintain your strength, improve your balance, as well as your overall
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