Posted on Oct 31, 2014
Cold Weather Activities and Senior Care at Home
There’s a new chill in the air as the fall season settles in. As the weather gets cooler, the activities that can be enjoyed outdoors become limited, especially for the elderly. Winter will inevitably show up, and it’s important to keep active despite the frigid temperatures.
Winter weather can be just as dangerous for elderly as overly hot temperatures. The sometimes below freezing temperatures can cause frost bite, dehydration and even hypothermia. It is important to take caution if spending time outside with an elderly loved one.
There are some relaxing and fun ways to safely spend time with an elderly loved one during the winter months indoors. Sometimes all a person needs to recharge is a nice cup of hot coffee or tea while enjoying conversation by the fireplace. Lots of nostalgic holiday movies are beginning to play on television. It can be a wonderful way to get in to the festive spirit and recall past fond memories of gathering with family during the holiday season.
If it is snowing outdoors, be sure to find a large window to sit by with your elderly loved one. You can swap stories about walking to school with snow piles above your head and the fun you had building the most original snowman and snowball fights in your neighborhood.
If your senior loved one is crafty, winter is the perfect time to stay indoors and catch up on knitting, sewing or other activities that are best done inside. Perhaps you have been interested in learning how to crotchet. Winter is the best time to learn something special from a senior loved one.
If the weather isn’t below freezing in temperature and your loved one feels like going for a stroll outdoors, be sure they are properly dressed. Scarves and layers are a great way to prepare for the cold because they can easily be removed if they begin to feel warm. Fall is a wonderful time to get outdoors when the weather is still adjusting to the colder temperatures.
If you would like to learn more about tips for preparing for colder weather, call Senior Helpers of Minnetonka to speak to a senior care specialist today 763-219-4383! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can show you the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care. The senior care specialist will also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care and in home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Minnetonka provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Bloomington, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Saint Paul, Minnetonka, Lakeland, and White Bear Lake, Minnesota.