Winter is a joyful season of fun, family, and food. However, the cold weather, flu and cold season, and poor traveling conditions can make these winter months especially difficult for the elderly. This guide will provide some practical ways to help you or a loved one stay healthy this winter.
Cold & Flu Season
It can seem particularly laborious to stay healthy during cold and flu season, but with a few safeguards, you will be well-equipped to fight off any germs! People over the age of 65 are at a much higher risk of developing complications if they catch the flu, so it’s best to check out your local clinics and get a flu shot annually.
Make sure to strengthen your immune system by eating foods rich in vitamin C and zinc. Eating nutritious, balanced meals will not only help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it will give you energy to do the things you love!
At Park Street Senior Living, we are proud to offer the nutritious meals and clean living quarters necessary for staying healthy all winter long.
It’s important to stay both mentally and physically active during the winter months. This could create an opportunity to try a new hobby, or simply dive back into an old one! Sudoku, puzzles, and board games are excellent ways to stay mentally active—and they can be done with a partner or friend! Choosing an activity that you can do with a partner or a group, such as a book study, can also help fight depression and loneliness that can be prevalent for seniors in this season.
Physical activity encourages a healthy body and lifestyle. Even a simple 30 minute walk can have astounding benefits for promoting health. If the weather outdoors is too treacherous for physical activity, consider finding an indoor alternative instead. No matter what you choose, physical and mental activities can help to relieve anxiety and depression and are essential to include in your winter routine.
That’s why our communities are known to provide multiple opportunities to get active, both mentally and physically. From chair yoga to painting, we have activities for everyone no matter their level of ability.
Safety While Outdoors
Although winter can be beautiful, you should always wait until roads and sidewalks have been cleared before attempting these icy pathways. If mobility is an issue, consider finding someone to clear your driveway or sidewalks for you.
When you or your loved one move into Park Street Senior Living, you can rest assured that these concerns will be a thing of the past. Our dedicated staff and safe grounds ensure you can enjoy the entire community safely and comfortably.
Although the winter elements can seem daunting, with some simple planning you can be well-equipped to handle them! Consider choosing a safe and comfortable assisted living community before the cold winter chill sets in so that you can enjoy a cozy winter free of these concerns.
Schedule your private tour today by reaching out to our compassionate team through our Contact Us page. We look forward to meeting you and showing our award-winning assisted living and memory care community.