Seasonal changes and how to stay healthy this Autumn and Winter.

The change of seasons, particularly from Summer to Autumn, can have a significant impact on the health and overall wellbeing of our elderly loved ones.

Here are some reasons why;

Physical changes:
Older people often have a harder time regulating their body temperature, making them more susceptible to feeling cold as the weather changes. In addition, the drop in temperature can exacerbate conditions such as arthritis, causing joint pain and discomfort.

Decreased sunlight:
The autumn and winter months bring shorter days and less natural light. This can lead to a decrease in Vitamin D levels, which is essential for maintaining strong bones and a healthy immune system.

Decreased physical activity:
The colder, wetter weather in autumn and winter can discourage physical activity, leading to a decline in physical health and mobility. This lack of exercise can also contribute to depression and other mental health issues.

Increased risk of falls:
With leaves on the ground and a higher chance of rain, the risk of slipping and falling increases. This can be particularly dangerous for those who are more prone to serious injuries from falls. Make sure you have the right footwear during the autumn months.

Social isolation:
The colder weather can make it more difficult for the elderly to get out and socialize, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation. This can have a negative impact on mental health and overall well-being.

The change of seasons can have a significant impact entering old age, and it is important to be mindful of these potential challenges and take steps to address them. Whether it’s staying active, staying in touch with loved ones, or making sure to get enough natural light, there are simple ways to help our loved ones to stay healthy and happy during the autumn and winter months.

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