While many of us look forward to the changing colors and cooling temperatures of fall, the season can also bring a new set of challenges for seniors. As the weather shifts, the sun sets earlier, roads are slicker, and catching a cold is easier. Senior Living Management has tips for you or your loved one on how to prepare for and look forward to autumn.
One of the difficult aspects of fall weather can be that mornings and evenings are cool, while afternoons are still sunny. If you or you loved one dress in layers, it’s simpler to adjust your clothing during the day to make sure you’re not feeling too cold or too warm. Think about adding an extra layer to your or your loved one’s bed too, and putting a cozy throw blanket out in the living room in case there’s a sudden chill.
Plan Ahead for Fun
Changes in weather and the lighting that occurs in autumn can make driving more difficult for everyone. Perhaps you or you loved one still drive, but can’t as often when roads are dark and slick with autumn rain or ice. Plan ahead with your loved one to ensure you can see each other as often as possible by scheduling day-time trips. Bring the grandkids to show off their Halloween costumes when the time comes, or pick up your loved one for a visit to the pumpkin patch or the local diner for a slice of pecan pie.
Prepare for Cold and Flu Season
There are plenty of easy, productive ways to help prevent catching the flu when the season comes around. Remind your loved one to wash their hands often with soap and warm water, cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and avoid touching their face, as it spreads germs. The best way to protect yourself or your loved one from the flu is by getting a flu shot from your doctor or another health care professional, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Prevent a Potential Fall
While autumn leaves may be beautiful, they can also be a nuisance when they present a tripping or slipping hazard piled up on the ground. Rake them up yourself if you’re up for it, recruit a loved one to help, or hire someone outside of the home. Clearing wet leaves can prevent a major slipping hazard. As the weather continues to change, be sure to pay attention to whether there is ice or even snow on the ground, dress appropriately, and ask for help whenever you need it.
Seek Some Sunshine
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which generally begins in the late fall or early winter, is a type of seasonal depression that can leave you feeling hopeless, sluggish, and disinterested in your regular activities. Making your environment brighter and getting outside in the sunshine can help with SAD, according to the Mayo Clinic. Encourage your loved one to take part in their community’s physical activities or group workouts to help relieve stress and anxiety, which can both increase depression symptoms.
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