December 2, 2022
Cold weather months are upon us – it’s important for seniors to be prepared. Ice and snow can make it difficult for older adults to get out of the house, which in turn makes it harder to do things like socializing and shopping.
As the weather gets colder, make sure the seniors in your life know these ten tips on preparing for cold weather.
Here are some tips to help you stay warm when the temperature plummets and the wind roars:
Wear several layers of lightweight and warm clothing so you can adjust as you warm-up or cool down. Loose-fitting clothes trap warm air better than tight-fitting ones and the topmost layer should be water & wind resistant.
Mittens are always warmer than gloves. If you’re exercising, your hands may be warm enough with just gloves. Take along mittens or another pair of gloves that can be worn over those when you stop moving.
Cover your face and head with a hat and scarf or mask to protect your skin.
Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Wear warm, waterproof boots with good tread to prevent slips and falls. If the ice is really bad, you can put traction cleats or crampons onto your boots.
You will get the most benefit from your physical activity, here are some of those:
Here are the top dangers
Know the signs of hypothermia. Here are some early signs of hypothermia:
Benefits of being in Cold Weather:
Spending time outdoors in the winter can also help with your mental health
Taking a short walk each day or watching the birds from a park bench can improve your mood
Creativity and focus:
Spending time outdoors (no matter the season) can also help improve creativity and focus
When Seniors with ADHD spend time outdoors they are twice as able to focus.
Cold weather myths:
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