Preventing Winter Mishaps for Seniors.
Most seniors are familiar within their environment. However, when something changes like cold weather, snow or ice, and family outings we must plan.
A great start is good nutrition, eating meals that cause less inflammation in the body. Arthritis, stiff joints become worse in winter months supplementing with fish oil and vitamin D can help. For the winter weather making sure proper clothing is worn like non-slip boots, gloves and rubber stoppers on the canes and walkers.
Avoid falls by using the proper equipment such as a wheelchair, walker or cane with stand by assist. Always, stay on a cleared walking path.
If they are transferring in a car be sure that a proper transfer is done. It may require extra assistance. Preparing and in advance will allow a safer and less frustrating experience for both the senior and their loved one/caregiver.
Here are some activities to enjoy during the winter months:
Plant indoor plants
Make holiday gifts
Meet a friend for coffee
Enjoy a warm spa bath
Make a holiday scrapbook
Go to the local library event
Color holiday coloring book
Bake gluten free cookies