Whether you are a senior enjoying support through assisted living or if you have a loved one in a memory care center, winter poses unique challenges.
Keep yourself or your loved one healthy this winter by following the 5 steps below.
1. Consume Immune Boosting Foods
Winter is traditionally a time for sugary, fatty foods. While those are fine in moderation, balance is key. Do your best to pack your diet with foods rich in vitamins A, C, E, and D, antioxidants, probiotics, and key minerals like zinc, to keep your immune system strong. Make your plate colorful and follow your doctor’s recommendation to fight off infections and illnesses this winter.
2. Keep Doctor’s Appointments
Preventative care is critical, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t skip routine or annual exams this winter. However, be sure to discuss contactless care with your providers to avoid unnecessary visits to the doctor’s office.
3. Find Ways to Stay Active
Staying active in the cold winter months can be difficult. Even so, try to find alternative exercise options such as strolling inside a large building, stretching in your living room, or taking a socially distanced exercise class from your local gym. Exercise boosts your immune system, reducing risks from contagious illnesses.
4. Stay Connected
Socializing with friends and family has become increasingly difficult during the Coronavirus pandemic. Assisted living facilities are built on socialization, but that has been dramatically reduced. Fighting off seasonal depression and anxiety can be difficult without support. Do what you can by making phone calls to your loved ones and having socially distanced meetups whenever possible.
5. Soak Up Vitamin D
Vitamin D is in short supply during winter. Get fresh air and natural light every day, whether from your own home by opening the blinds or by walking your dog just to the mailbox. Do what you can to get Vitamin D where you can increase your immune system and health.
For more support for your loved one, consider memory care or our assisted living facilities. Reach out today to learn more.