Though it may be referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year,” winter presents challenges for everyone – particularly in certain parts of the nation. What’s more, for retirement age individuals, winter can be dangerous if care is not taken. Slips and falls for those 55 and up – due to ice and snow – can result in injuries that take a long time to heal. Sometimes they never quite heal completely. Cold weather in general threatens those in their golden years due to deficiencies in the body’s immune system and more.
Though Georgia, as a rule, doesn’t get a lot of snow, occasionally they do. The following will be some advice as to how those living in 55+ housing in Suwanee, GA can stay safer and healthier in cold weather.
Both outdoors and in, keep an eye on the temperature. Even at night, temperatures should not drop too much indoors. Consistent warmth is recommended. If there are areas in your home that are particularly drafty, steer clear of them. If you feel chilly, use warm blankets or wear extra layers of clothing to compensate.
If it’s incredibly cold outside, it’s better to stay inside whenever possible.
Though you should always try to eat meals that are as nutritious as possible, in winter, it’s particularly hard to get enough vitamin D from the sun. Make up for that with the foods you eat. Calcium and vitamin D rich foods such as fish, eggs, and milk are recommended. Talk to your doctor first, but consider a multivitamin or other supplements.
Again, Georgia isn’t particularly known for its cold weather. However, the shoes you wear out-of-doors in winter should have a good tread, especially if slippery conditions will or might exist. What’s more, your footwear should be warm enough so your toes and feet don’t get cold.
Cold Weather Protection
Your feet aren’t the only thing that needs to stay warm when the weather turns cold. Hypothermia is a particular problem among those in their golden years. To prevent lung damage, breathe through a scarf. Cover your hands and head, and wear multiple layers of clothing if it’s cold. It’s easier to take off layers than trying to find another layer to put on. Even if it’s only marginally cold, if you start to shiver, your body experiences extra, unnecessary stress.
Around the holidays – but frequently in cold weather in general – depression may set in. The weather is gloomy and cold, sunshine is limited, and you’re not getting the vitamin D your body needs. These things combined can lead to emotional and psychological distress.
Stay active. Visit with family and friends, even if it’s through a virtual meeting app. If it’s too cold outside, take a walk indoors around the shopping mall or other large building. If you have a loved one who you feel may be depressed around the holidays or during the colder months, take the time to give them a quick call. It will brighten their day immensely.
Entrust the Health of Your Loved One to Us
Whatever the season, our community concentrates on the health, fitness, and wellness of each resident.
To keep residents as healthy and happy as possible, we offer various programs to encourage and maintain both physical and mental health. A healthy body leads to a happier retiree. Additionally, we serve three nutritious and delicious meals a day in a fine dining atmosphere. A balanced diet helps those in their golden years enjoy life to its fullest.
If you have specific questions regarding sales and leasing, please contact us at 470-207-3392. With general questions, feel free to speak to one of our representatives at 770-232-3008. You can also use our convenient online form to communicate with us.
The best way to see, for yourself, all we have to offer is to schedule a tour. We look forward to seeing you.