With the cold weather upon us, Joe Robach’s office has a few helpful tips for seniors in order to stay warm and safe.
Don’t stay outside too long. The cold weather can be nice, although if you stay outside too long it can be hazardous to your health causing you to have frostbite or even hypothermia. Go in and out in order to keep yourself warm and avoid any harm to your body.
Check the weather beforehand. Certain details like the low of the day and whether it will snow or rain, can help you figure out how to dress and what kind of activities to plan.
Check the weather forecast for the whole week, so you can be prepared for the cold days in advance. The cold weather can be nice, although if you stay outside too long it can be hazardous to your health causing you to have frostbite or even hypothermia.
Think about the activities you’re doing. Choose your activities wisely. Try to do things that won’t be affected by the cold weather. For example, anything indoors is fine including going to the movies or bowling. You could also do things that involve the cold weather, such as ice skating.
Dress appropriately. If you’re going to be out in the extreme cold, wear as much warm clothing as possible. Try to dress in layers so that you can add or remove clothes throughout the day. If it’s not too cold, then you can just take clothes off rather than good items of clothing for the cold weather might include:
• Thermals. You can buy thermal clothing simply wear them under your clothes. Thermals are great for layers and extreme cold. Long socks or leg warmers. These will keep your legs warm more closely, rather than just wearing pants and ordinary socks. Plus, nobody will see them when you wear pants.• Jackets. A good, thick zip up jacket is perfect for cold weather. It’s warm, but also easy to put on and off. Other accessories such as gloves, scarves and beanies are essential due to a majority of your body heat is released from your head.
Be prepared for all conditions. • If you are outside remember to wear shoes with excellent grip for icy and slippery conditions. • Wear mittens and long thick socks. These protect your hands and feet from the cold, which are the hardest places to keep warm blood flowing during cold weather conditions • If you’re dressed for work, going to the gym, or have to wait for outside for transportation then wearing a polar fleece or sweatshirt that zips on works great. They zip on and off quickly and don’t have to worry about getting too hot or cold.
For more information or tips for seniors, contact the office of Joe Robach.