Posted on Dec 16, 2015
It may still feel like spring in some parts of the country, but winter is coming and so is colder weather!
Winter is a dangerous time of year for your aging loved one. The elderly are more likely to develop hypothermia, especially if they live alone. Seniors are also more prone to dehydration during the colder months as freezing temperatures and darker days can curb the urge to drink.
Keep your aging loved one warm and healthy this winter with these winter safety tips for seniors:
Keep Hydrated – Make sure your aging loved one is drinking plenty of fluids during the winter months. If your senior is opposed to drinking water, try fruits and vegetables which can consist of up to 75% water.
Insulation – Take the time to make sure your elderly loved one’s home is properly insulated to keep the warm in and the cold out. You can make this a simple task by checking for air leaks or drafts around windows and doors.
Check In – Make sure you or a close neighbor is able to check in on your aging loved one daily. These checks are important to make sure your senior is keeping warm, hydrated, and healthy.
Cold weather, darker days, and other winter worries can be difficult for everyone, so don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated and warm!