Tips on Staying Safe this Autumn Season
As the Summer heat comes to an end, and the days turn shorter and darker, our senior population face many upcoming seasonal challenges. We wanted to share some tips for you and your loved one to help them stay safe this fall season.
1. Get the flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adults aged 65 and older get a flu vaccine each year. At least 71 percent of all annual flu deaths in the U.S. happen to individuals who are 65 or older. Many of our CareVa communities offer flu clinics throughout the fall. Seniors are especially at risk for complications from the flu, such as pneumonia, bronchitis and ear infections. The flu can also make any chronic health problems worse.
2. Be aware of tripping hazards. People generally experience stiffer joints in colder weather, couple this longer nights and wet leaves, and you have a dangerous situation for seniors. Make sure your loved one’s sidewalks and driveway are clear of leaves and that walkways are brightly lit to reduce chances of a fall. A good trick to add traction to your walkways are to sprinkle cat litter or sand on sidewalks. Another great trick is to stretch before going outside to warm up stiff muscles.
3. Make sure that your clothing is weather appropriate. Fall can be a confusing time for wardrobes with cool mornings, hot afternoons, and colder evenings. Leave out a few lighter pieces of clothing while making sure that sweaters and jackets are easily accessible.
Autumn can be a dangerous time for the elderly, but it can also be a very enjoyable one. There are a ton of amazing activities from Harvest Festivals to Craft fairs. Visit our calendar of events section to see all the great things our CareVa communities have to offer!