As you spend more time indoors this winter, take time to make the necessary accommodations for yourself or a loved one for a healthy and happy season.
Each year, one out of four people age 65 and older experience a fall, and around three million receive emergency care for fall-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To reduce your risk for falls this winter, check that every room is well lit, and make any interior and exterior lighting replacements where needed. Keep floors and walkways clear of unnecessary items, and make sure all pathways are clear enough to move freely without fear of tripping or stumbling. Create an accessible environment for easy-to-reach necessities. Check for icy patches on patios, driveways and porches before venturing out.
Did you know that daily exercise could help reduce your risk for falls and fight against the winter blues? In fact, being inactive is one of the major risk factors of falls in older adults, according to the CDC. Don’t let fear of injury keep you from engaging in a daily exercise routine. With your physician’s approval, consider trying these activities:
Spending time with family, even virtually, can give you opportunities to talk about your issues with someone. Talk therapy help you through what seems to be the season’s challenging periods. Finding new activities and hobbies to enjoy in your own home can be an enriching experience. Activities such as baking, scrap booking, playing music, sewing, painting and bird watching are inexpensive and interactive activities appropriate for any skill level.
Keeping a journal is another good way to keep track of depression symptoms and signs of unmanaged stress. A daily log of your moods can be helpful to a primary care provider who can create a personalized plan to help restore your joy. Because at this time of the year, peace of mind is the best gift to give oneself.
This winter may look different from winters past, but finding joy and taking care of your well-being should still remain a priority.