Healthy Habits for Seniors in Fall
Embarking on the beginning of autumn, October brings the arrival of cooler temperatures, particularly at night. Many of us find ourselves even turning up the thermostat. For seniors the cooler air can be invigorating, while others may find it more limiting for outdoor activity. That’s why we’ve but together our list of healthy habits for seniors in fall.
Keeping warm during cooler months is important, especially for those over the age of 65. Seniors are at a greater risk of catching the flu, and they are also more susceptible to heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. When the body is cold, it may indicate an issue with circulation, which can then result in more serious health issues like heart attack and stroke.
With the flu virus spreading most commonly in the colder months, it’s important to:
- Eat nutritious meals: Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables fuels your energy and helps fights bacteria and flu viruses. Our in-house Chef makes a selection of delicious fresh meals daily to ensure our residents are getting the nutrients they need.
- Get a flu shot: It is important to get vaccinated, but the very young and elderly are particularly vulnerable.
- Add clothing layers: Colder weather and wind chill can seize body heat, which is especially dangerous for seniors that often have issues regulating blood pressure and circulation. Wearing extra layers will help regulate body temperatures by trapping body heat.
- Stay active: Staying indoors more can lead to less physical activity and less exposure to Vitamin D, which can lead to greater bouts with depression. When spending time outdoors, it is important to wear sunscreen to protect against skin cancer, even in the winter months. Seniors that exercise at least 30 minutes a day can prevent health issues arising in the future. If you are worried about vitamin deficiency contact your doctor and ask what vitamins are best for you.
- Pick up a new hobby: There are numerous websites that can assist you in finding information on hobbies. Painting and drawing are great ways to help enhance creative skills and stimulate imagination. This hobby can help in personal enjoyment, gift giving or extra income. Fishing, bird watching and tending a garden are all great hobbies that will help you enjoy the fresh air this winter.
Eating healthy, staying warm and active, and taking vitamins are just some of the healthy habits seniors should practice in fall.