There aren’t too many people who love cold, wintry weather, but even snow bunnies and winter sports fans need to be vigilant about preserving their health during this infamous season. Much like the dangers of summer heat and humidity, winter’s low temps and icy pathways are especially treacherous for seniors.
- Make plans for snow removal. Contract with a snow removal service or the neighbor’s teenage sons. In assisted living communities, snow removal should be covered, but if your loved one has a patio or terrace of their own, he/she may have to clear it.
- Get a flu shot. Some senior living communities offer flu shots on site, but if they do not, make an appointment with your loved one’s physician, or take them to a health clinic/pharmacy that administers this extra level of illness protection.
- Dress for the weather. Wear a hat (you lose up to 7 percent of your body heat without one), a scarf, and gloves if you must go out. Choose boots or other heavy-soled shoes that won’t slip and slide in the elements, and wear several layers. Do not stay out longer than necessary.
- Stock up. Sign up for prescriptions to be delivered directly to your loved one’s home or assisted living apartment so you can both stay in when the roads are slick.