December 24th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
As winter approaches, we want families to understand the health problems that can affect older individuals. Since seniors are more susceptible to the negative effects of the cold weather, make sure you know how to recognize these winter health concerns.
Hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature drops to a dangerously low level, but it is possible to prevent it with the right methods that include:
• Keeping a home warmer with a good heating system
• Making sure that there aren’t any drafts from the windows
• Wearing multiple layers of clothing during the daytime
• Using electric blankets or heated mattress pads at night
When a senior is inside a heated home, developing frostbite will rarely occur, but if an elderly individual leaves home, then it is possible to develop frostbite. Before leaving a house, an elderly individual should bundle up in outerwear, thick socks, and sturdy boots. In addition, it is essential to warm up your vehicle before driving anywhere.
Wintertime depression is also referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder and is caused by the changing weather conditions along with the lack of daily sunlight. An older individual may not spend a lot of time outside, leading to a deficiency of vitamin D, but there are dietary supplements that contain this nutrient.
Your senior should receive an annual flu vaccine to prevent any illness, especially since they’re more prone to catching the flu.
When it comes to keeping your senior relatives happy and healthy, you can trust the professional caregivers at Loved Ones. With our “never alone” promise, you can rest assured that your loved ones will receive the best care possible.
To learn all about the Loved Ones Difference, simply contact us online or call us at 304-744-4081.