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Winter and cold weather present particular dangers to seniors. Our senior care staff at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living has identified four specific areas where practicing winter safety and caring for seniors’ well-being go hand in hand. We hope that our knowledge will help in making the winter months less dangerous for seniors and those who require special care.

 

Wear Layers to Stay Warm in the Cold

Although it may seem intuitive to wear warm clothing in the winter, older adults should take extra precautions because they are more susceptible to hypothermia. Seniors should dress in layers, cover their hands and heads, and breathe through a scarf when they walk outside in cold weather to avoid lung damage. Wearing layers is also advised since shivering puts additional strain on the body.

 

Wear Appropriate Shoes

Snow and freezing weather create hazardous conditions that can result in catastrophic falls. An older adult should always wear appropriate, non-slip footwear with lots of tread whenever they step outside. When seniors are stepping outside, loved ones and caregivers should always be alert for any slippery areas and lend a hand. After all, avoiding a fall is far simpler than recovering from one.

 

Adopt a Healthy Diet

One of the main issues in the winter is a vitamin D shortage. Seniors should consume a variety of meals, including foods high in vitamin D and calcium, such as milk, eggs, and fish, to make up for the lack of vitamin D we often obtain from the sun. Seniors who aren’t currently taking a multivitamin may find it advantageous to do so in order to be sure they’re getting all the vitamins and minerals required for excellent health and a robust immune system.

 

Track the Temperatures

Pay close attention to both indoor and outdoor temperatures as well as your own body’s temperature. Always maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, especially at night. Seniors should avoid any drafty locations in their residence or community. It’s also important to never allow your body temperature to fall below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Seniors should get medical help if their body temperature starts to decrease or if they are exposed to cold weather for an extended amount of time.

 

For more information about senior living in Casper WY, please give us a call at 307.232.0100.