Winter Health & Safety Tips for Independent Living

The weather outside is frightful! Winter’s harsh chill and icy conditions can be particularly dangerous.

Here are some winter safety tips to prepare for a safer, healthier winter season.

Cold-weather protection – While it may seem obvious to dress warmly in the winter, this is especially crucial for the aging adults, who are more susceptible to hypothermia. To avoid lung injury, you should dress in layers, cover your head and hands, and breathe through a face covering when you walk outside in frigid conditions. Before you go for your morning walk on our walking trails please remember to bundle up.

Wear the Correct Footwear – Snow and cold weather create potentially slippery conditions that can result in an injury. Even if it’s merely to get on the shuttle bus, you should wear suitable non-slip footwear with lots of tread whenever you walk outside.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet – Vitamin D insufficiency is one of the most common winter problems in the north east. To compensate for the loss of vitamin D we get from the sun, you should have a diversified diet high in vitamin D and calcium-rich foods such milk, eggs, and fish. If you aren’t taking a multivitamin should consider doing so now to ensure you are getting all of the vitamins and minerals needed for optimum health and a strong immune system.

Moisturize – Anyone’s skin can get painful and dry in the cold. Start moisturizing on a regular basis to minimize uncomfortable cracks and tears, especially after showering or washing your hands. Installing a humidifier in your bedroom and drinking enough water can also help. Even if you’re staying inside because it’s chilly outdoors, the dry air may have an impact on your home.

Here at Terrace Place we hope everyone has a healthy and safe winter!