While a blanket of fresh-fallen snow can be breathtaking, navigating the winter months as you age may not always be pleasant. Whether you venture outside during the cold, icy, or snowy weather or find yourself stuck inside, follow our tips to stay safe and active this time of year.
Outdoor Safety Tips:
- Stay informed about weather forecasts and be prepared for any sudden changes in weather conditions. Consider limiting time outside during dangerously cold temperatures.
- Notify someone if you are planning to go outside, what you intend to do, and your expected return time.
- Seniors are more susceptible to the cold, so layering clothing with a warm hat and gloves is ideal.
- Wear sturdy, slip-resistant footwear and take shorter steps when walking on icy sidewalks or snow-covered surfaces.
- Avoid strenuous activities, such as shoveling snow.
Ideas for Indoor Engagement:
- Exercise Indoors
Chair aerobics, gentle yoga, or even simple stretches are easy ways to get your body moving while inside. Cleaning and other housework counts, too!
- Engage Your Mind
Puzzles, board games, and reading are all great ways to keep your mind busy during winter. Consider looking online for free language or educational classes to give your brain an extra boost!
- Connect Virtually
Social isolation is a big concern for seniors, especially during the winter. Seniors can stay connected with their loved ones through virtual platforms, attending virtual events, or participating in online classes.
At Brightview Senior Living, there are no winter worries! Residents and their loved ones can be at peace knowing they are safe and secure when snow, ice, or freezing temperatures come. We offer a variety of activities and events designed to keep residents physically and mentally active, even indoors. Whether it is a fitness class or a social gathering, there is always something exciting happening!
Brightview Senior Living builds, owns, and operates award-winning vibrant senior living communities in eight states along the East Coast: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. We offer senior Independent Living, Assisted Living, Enhanced Care, and Wellspring Village™, a specialized neighborhood for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Schedule a personal visit to experience our communities firsthand.