During the winter, older adults tend to slow down and spend more time indoors; however, the approach of spring provides a chance to revitalize their general wellbeing by getting active outside in the fresh air and sunshine.
If you are caring for an elderly parent or loved one, we have collected a list of spring health advice to assist your loved one to relish the sunshine, clean air, and stay well as we welcome spring.
Put on Your Walking Shoes
If your loved one dislikes ice and snow, their world may expand once the spring sun arrives and thaws the ground. And there’s no better way to enjoy the season than to go for a walk. It’s one of the best physical activities for seniors in terms of health, with major benefits like blood sugar regulation, bone and heart health strengthening, and sleep improvement.
Remember to choose terrain that is appropriate for your loved one’s current level of fitness and balance, as well as to wear comfortable and supportive shoes, since they can help reduce the risk of falling.
Watch for Allergies
For individuals who are allergic to grass and pollen, the arrival of spring might signal the start of allergy season. Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Many weather forecasters and websites now include allergy forecasts as well. Untreated allergies are not only inconvenient; they can also cause respiratory issues, sinus infections, and colds.
A decent allergy therapy might be recommended or prescribed by a doctor. It can help avoid more serious respiratory issues if used on a regular basis.
Spring is like one of those in-between seasons, with some days being excellent weather and others being a touch too hot or a little too brisk. When the sun is shining brightly, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes and skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and on cooler or windier days, layer on a sweater, jacket, or scarf to shield yourself from the chilly weather.
Lighten Your Diet
Many healthful fruits and vegetables, such as peas, strawberries, lettuce, and asparagus, are in season in the spring, making it ideal for replacing heavy winter meals with light soups, salads, or other light dishes. In fact, by undertaking a total nutritional overhaul, you can reduce your risks of getting diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.
Reduce your diet of red meat and processed meals, replace white flour with wholegrain flour, and increase your intake of veggies and healthy fats like avocados. Note that you should never start a new diet or exercise routine without first seeing your doctor about what is safe for your current state of health.
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