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5 Health Tips For Senior Citizens To Stay Fit In Winter by Greg Garner

April 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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With the onset of winter, senior citizens should take special care of their  health, given the cold winter conditions. For instance, research reveals that  every year several senior citizens die from conditions of hypothermia and from  exposure to cold. This happens because as we start aging our bodies become less  resistant to cold weather and thus the slightest dip in temperature causes our  elders to get coughs and colds.

1. Checking winter appliances – It is very important to check if all  furnaces and heaters in the home of a senior citizen are working effectively.  This should be checked before winter approaches. Try to ensure that the  thermostat is working well and that it is set at the right temperature so that  you are comfortable at home.

2. Medical monitoring service – Winter is the time when the chances of  slipping and falling on ice are the highest. The situation is even worse if no  one is home to help you out. The outcome of such a fall and any resultant injury  can be extremely serious and can also cause death. Senior citizens who are  living alone should always have a medical monitoring device, also known as a  personal emergency system, which can help them out in times of crisis.

3. Outdoor activities – It might be tempting to venture out in the  snow, but senior citizens should try to restrict themselves when it is extremely  chilly outside. Their chances of catching colds and other viral infections are  high; thus, it is better to keep away from the cold weather as much as possible.  If elders are keen enough to venture out, let them have a stroll outdoors  towards noon or before the sun sets. This is the time that is considered to be  the least chilly and could be moderately safe for elders.

4. Control of diet – Winter is a time when we tend to suffer from  digestion and stomach related problems. The only reason for such problems is  that we tend to eat more and move less because the chilly weather encourages us  to stay cuddled together in one place. This means that the metabolic activities  of our body are reduced, which can slow down our digestive system. The same  happens with the elderly, who already suffer from age-related digestive  problems. Hence, in order to stay healthy and fit during the winter, it is best  to eat little and avoid foods that can form gas and lead to indigestion.

5. Light exercises – Senior citizens need to exercise moderately in  the winter. Just a slow, thirty-minute walk every day can be good for the body.  However, you need to ensure that while out on such walks or outdoor activities,  seniors are well protected from the outside chill. Just as children need layers  of clothing, senior citizens need one additional layer over what youngsters  need, because immunity levels start falling with age.

Senior citizens just need a little bit of extra care in the winter so that  they can spend quality time with their grandchildren. If you have elders at  home, help them to stay fit during the winter months and make them feel happy  and wanted – nothing can be better than a healthy body and a happy  mind.

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Staying Safe: Tips to Prevent Falls, Burglary & Other Senior Safety Woes

February 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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In a recent survey of 1,616 people over the age of 45, AARP found that eight out of 10 people plan to stay in their homes as long as possible. This trend, called “aging in place,” is continually gaining traction as more seniors opt to update their homes instead of moving into retirement or senior-care facilities. If you are committed to staying in your home, there are a few essential updates to help make your home as safe as possible for years to come.

Prevent Bathroom Falls

No matter how healthy you are, a wet, slippery bathtub or shower can be dangerous. Add anti-slip adhesive strips for a quick fix. If you don’t like the look of adhesive strips, consider having a professional apply a clear coating that’s just as effective. For those with joint pain who have a bathtub/shower combination, it’s worthwhile to upgrade to a curbless shower with a built-in bench. Stepping into the bathtub can become difficult as mobility decreases.

Install grab bars in the bathtub and shower as well as outside of them to help you get in and out safely.

Prevent Break-ins

Add an alarm system to protect your home from becoming the target of local burglars. A recent article in the Washington Post notes that houses without alarm systems are three times more likely to be burglarized than those with security systems. With so many types of systems available, the options can be overwhelming. Look up home security reviews online to find out what systems are easy to use and meet your needs.

Whatever system you choose, it should come with a yard sign and a few stickers. Affix the stickers in a prominent place, such as on the windows near your front and back door. Stake the yard sign in your front yard so it’s clear to passersby that your house is protected.

Prevent Heat Stress & Cold Stress

Install an easy-to-read digital thermometer that displays the indoor and outdoor temperatures. If your thermostat breaks or your furnace or air conditioner fails, you’ll quickly be able to see that there’s a problem. Hang the thermometer in a high-traffic area of the home, such as the kitchen or living room. This is also helpful so you’ll know when it’s too hot to be outside during the scorching Nevada summers.

Prevent Eye Strain

As your vision declines, having ample lighting throughout your home becomes increasingly more important. Each room of your home should have a variety of lighting to suit the tasks you do in those rooms. The kitchen should have plenty of overhead lighting and task lighting near any food preparation areas. Your bedroom should have bedside reading lamps in addition to an overhead light.

When choosing fixtures for the bathroom and entryway, opt for those with multiple bulbs. This way when one bulb burns out, you won’t be left in the dark until you replace the old bulb.

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