Keeping Seniors Healthy In Winter
Even in the moderate winters of the South, the colder months can cause difficulties for our senior citizens.
If you’re –ahem—of a certain age, or the caregiver for an elderly relative or friend, here are some tips to help keep them safe:
- Be prepared for bad weather
- Make sure there are working flashlight(s) and spare batteries, non-perishable food items (including a non-electric can opener), extra water, extra medicine, blankets and extra pet food (if there are pets).
- Check the heat
- Have a professional inspect the heating system, inspect smoke detectors and clean out any fireplaces and chimneys. If space heaters are used, make sure they’re well away from any flammable materials (like curtains or bedding) and that the electric cords are safe.
Get them out of the house
When it’s cold outside, too many seniors prefer to hibernate in the warm indoors. But this can increase loneliness, and even cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression linked to too little exposure to sunlight. Help your senior get out and about, with appropriate clothing, social activities and providing transportation, if needed.
How GMC Can HelpQuestions about how to stay healthy this winter? Find the perfect physician for you at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/physician.