5 Autumn Safety Tips Every Senior Needs to Know
Soon, the leaves will change color and fall will be upon us. As beautiful as it is outside though, fall can be a challenging time for the aging population because of the weather and greater risk for the kind of fall that hurts.
Keep yourself safe during autumn with these 5 senior safety tips!
1. Get vaccinated for the flu
With every passing year, the strains of flu become more deadly. Seniors have a greater risk of complications that arise from the flu like ear infections, bronchitis, or pneumonia, plus it can aggravate any of your chronic health problems. If you’re 65 and up, make sure you ask your physician about the flu shot.
2. Watch out in the early darkness
As summer’s longer daylight hours come to an end, it gets darker outside earlier. Seniors that are accustomed to talking walks outside in the evening should take care to go earlier to avoid tripping over unseen hazards. Slippery, wet leaves can be very dangerous when your balance isn’t as keen as it once was.
3. Dress warm
Hypothermia risk goes up more the older you get. When you’re over 60, if you have conditions like hypothyroidism or diabetes or take certain medications, it can out you in more danger with colder temperatures, even if the weather isn’t that cold. Wear a hat and layer your clothing appropriately to protect yourself.
4. Keep your skin hydrated
The heat inside your home might feel comforting, but it can suck the hydration right from it. Skin thins as you age, making it easier to tear. When it tears, you’re more prone to infections. Drink plenty of water to hydrate from within and use a hydrating lotion to keep skin supple. Use a humidifier too to add moisture back into the air in your home as the heater dries it out.
5. Take care of your joints
Colder weather means joints are stiffer. This makes it harder to get up and moving. When caught off guard, stiff joints can cause you to lose balance and fall. Keep this from happening by exercising regularly. If you have arthritis, this tip is even more important! Regular exercise can help you keep a good range of motion, improve balance and flexibility, and keep you safe.
Autumn is a great time to make sure you have a senior-safe fitness routine. Our personal trainers can come help you build up your strength inside your home with a customized workout. And when stiffness becomes a problem, a chiropractic adjustment can help. Call us today and let us send our professionals to your door to help you enjoy the best of autumn!