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If you are the family caregiver for a senior loved one, you know winter can be a tough season of the year. Taking a proactive approach to winter safety challenges is the best way to prevent an injury or illness.
Seniors face different risks during winter months than younger adults. They range from higher rates of seasonal depression to hypothermia from poorer circulation.
As we head in to the new year, here are a few tips you can use to make it a safe and healthy one for the elders in your life.
7 Tips for Winter Health and Wellness for Older Adults
Because frosty winters in many parts of the country force seniors to spend more time indoors and less time enjoying a daily walk or socializing with friends, it can lead to an increase in health problems. And just the cold weather itself can cause conditions such as Arthritis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to flare up.
Here are 7 steps you can take to protect your senior loved one this winter:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created a guide you might find to be helpful in keeping your family safe. Winter Storms and Extreme Cold contains a variety of information ranging from how to shut off water valves if a pipe bursts to how to communicate with family during power outages.
Our final tip is to consider respite services if your aging loved one lives in a colder climate and you can’t be there to help keep them safe. Call the Five Star Senior Living community nearest to them to learn more.
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