Winters are not only a hard time for skin and hair, but also health. Unlike summers, you cannot spend hours outside soaking the sun or playing with your kids. In fact, our diet and eating habits also change with the season. Hence, it is important to take some extra care. Especially, the senior citizens or elderly people need extra care and some activity in winters. Here are some tips the elderly should keep in mind before stepping out in the cold weather.
Not all people above 60 or 65 years of age require a walking aid generally. But roaming out in the cold weather can be a little difficult on your limbs, especially when you’re not in the prime of your age. So keep a walking aid handy while stepping out.
Wear socks and shoes
Even if you think it is not very cold where you live, dew drops in the morning and evening can make walking in parks or roads difficult. Wearing socks and shoes or boots will help you prevent from slipping as well as keep you warm.
Water and Snack
This one is not as particular for winters as it is important for elderly people generally. If you have even a slight inkling that your time of return is not fixed or that you might get late, always keep a bottle of water and light snack with you.
Keep any medication that you might need in the next 24 hours
Not everywhere, but in areas where it snows or is extremely cold, it also affects the traffic, road blocking et al, so while going out keep any medicines that you might need in the next 24 hours. It’s good to be cautious.
Know your routes. Don’t drive unless necessary. Use public transport
Before stepping out of the house, read the map or ask someone about the routes so you don’t have to drive unnecessarily. In fact, avoid private transport as much as you can. Use public transport wherever possible.
Stay safe, stay healthy!