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Embrace the Challenges that Winter Brings

Covid 19, daily fluctuations in temperatures, shorter days, longer nights and the usual rounds of Flu, coughs and colds are but a few of the difficulties facing everyone this year.

Regardless of these inevitable hurdles, there are some very positive lifestyle changes you can make in order to reduce any risks to you, your family and friends.   

Exercise

Try to incorporate movement into your daily routine. The weather conditions may restrict outdoor activities such as gardening and daily walks, but here are plenty of indoor exercise routines for the elderly that can really help. Click on the link for Jo Wicks’ Ten Minute Chair Workout for Seniors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybVMu31DLQU

Or follow the link to the Age UK website on their exercise tips.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/staying-safe-and-well-at-home/home-exercises/

If you can, try not to sit still for more than one hour at a time. You might not think it, but even a little bit of activity can help you to keep strength and mobility.

If you’re not sure where to start or find it difficult to move more because of a long-term condition, have a look at Age UK’s pages for advice and tips. 

Diet

Spending more time indoors could be a wonderful opportunity to improve your culinary skills. Try to keep a bit of a routine and eat what you can.

Age UK has a few quick and easy recipes you may wish to try. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/travel-hobbies/hobbies/recipes/

If you’ve recently lost weight without meaning to or have a smaller appetite than usual, find out why this might be and what you can do to help. The most important thing is to eat, even if the only thing you fancy is a slice of cake, something is always better than nothing.

Free Flu Jab

Everyone aged 65 and over, and anyone who cares for a friend or family member, is entitled to a free flu jab from the doctor or pharmacist.

When you get your flu jab check if you are eligible for the pneumo vaccine, which helps protect you from pneumonia. 

The vaccines for over 65s has an agent in which helps to boost your immune system’s response to the vaccine. Even if you’re fit and healthy, it’s a great idea to get the jab to help protect yourself and others. 

If you would like further information on this topic, please follow the link to for guidance and advice from Age UK. 

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/flu-prevention/

Keep Warm

Your home should be at a constant and comfortable temperature throughout the day. Keep your bedroom window closed at night and close your curtains at dusk.

If you are struggling with the cost of your energy bills click on the link for further useful information from the Government website.

https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/heating

Regular Hand Washing

This is of critical importance especially at this current stage of the Covid 19 pandemic. Even without the threats being faced today, washing your hands helps prevent any germs from spreading and can help you stay well.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

Wrap up When Out and About

Layering’s the best way to keep warm in winter. If you’re heading out, don’t forget the temperature can drop drastically as the sun goes down so take woollies out with you, even if you don’t need them immediately. Click on the link for Age UK’s tips on keeping your hands and feet warm.  https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/keep-well-this-winter/stay-healthy-in-winter/how-to-keep-your-hands-and-feet-warm/

Stock Up

It could be a good idea to stock up on cold and sore throat remedies. Your pharmacist can give you advice if you’re feeling under the weather about what might help.

 

 

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