Seniors who choose independent living do so because they want to maintain a sense of freedom and autonomy as they age. While doing so can be liberating, it can also present certain challenges. Many adults in independent living may have some form of part-time in-home care, but they are on their own much of the time.
In the wintertime especially, navigating and caring for yourself can be difficult and can even put your health at risk. Visiting Angels, a team of in-home caregivers in Winter Park, FL, share tips to help independent seniors stay safe this winter:
- Get Proper Nutrition: Vitamin deficiencies are common in the wintertime, particularly for vitamin D, which is absorbed primarily from the sun. Limited sunlight combined with more time spent indoors can deplete your vitamin D levels during the winter. Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle health—something that every senior needs to protect against fractures and other injuries. Eat a varied diet that includes plenty of vitamin D rich dairy and fish.
- Walk Carefully: Slipping and falling on icy roads and streets is a danger for anyone in the winter, but for seniors, these falls can be much more dangerous. As we age, recovering from bruises and fractures can become more difficult, so it’s important to protect yourself. Avoid walking outside on very icy days, and if you must go out, walk slowly and wear shoes with that provide you with enough traction.
- Dress Warmly: Not dressing warmly enough on very cold days can leave you at risk of frostbite or hypothermia. For seniors, these conditions can be deadly. Protect yourself from hypothermia and frostbite by dressing in layers and wearing a hat, scarf, gloves, and warm socks when you go outdoors on cold days. In your home, keep the indoor temperature comfortable, and wear socks and warm clothing to stay cozy.
If you or someone you love is a senior who enjoys independent living, but could benefit from an in-home caregiver, call (407) 236-9997 for a phone consultation. To learn more about the elder care services at Visiting Angels, visit their website today.