New England winters can be brutal, with temperatures dropping to below freezing and the streets packed with snow. This time of year can also be difficult for seniors, as flu season is in full swing. If your loved one resides in an independent living community, we’ve provided some tips below to help prepare them for winter.
Purchase Winter Shoes
Shoes that are made for cold conditions are worth the money. Thick boots offer warmth from the snow and, with extra traction on the bottom, you your loved ones are less likely to fall on the ice.
Add an Extra Layer
Whether your loved one is heading to the grocery store or out for a quick bite to eat, it’s always important to bundle up. Even if he or she is just getting in and out of the car, winds can be excruciating, especially when it’s freezing.
Take the Proper Nutrients
During the winter months, we often lack key nutrients that are vital to our health. Seniors must be mindful about what nutrients they are lacking. If you feel your loved one is missing vitamin D during the winter, encourage him or her to see a nutritionist.
Partake in Social Activities
The winter blues are real, and while many turn toward medicine, taking part in social activities can also be a major help. It can feel lonely when seniors are stuck inside, which is why they should find a hobby to partake in. At New Horizons at Marlborough, we have plenty of activities for our residents.
Have a Medication Plan
In New England, winter storms can occur unexpectedly, making it difficult for seniors to fill their prescriptions. By assisting your loved one with a plan of which medications they should have on hand in the event of an emergency, they won’t have to worry about rushing out during a snowstorm.
It’s important for seniors to get a flu shot because this age bracket is at a much higher risk of developing complications due to the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “seniors account for 80-90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths.”
If you’re looking for a secure environment for your loved one, contact New Horizons at Marlborough to schedule a tour. We offer both independent living and assisted living care in Marlborough with gorgeous dining rooms, beautiful suites, and a wonderful fitness center.