Spring is a season of renewal and rejuvenation, but for seniors, it can also bring some unique challenges. From changing weather patterns to seasonal allergies, spring can pose a risk to the health and well-being of older adults. However, with a little preparation and planning, seniors can enjoy all the benefits of spring while minimizing the risks. Here are ways to get seniors ready for spring.
The clash between cold and warm air can make spring weather very unpredictable and dangerous. Tornados, floods, and thunderstorms can become increasingly common across Texas this time of year. As a result, seniors should be equipped with an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, NOAA weather radio, and a first aid kit.
Prepare for Weather
When traveling, be sure to check road conditions before leaving the house. Additionally, keep an emergency poncho, a blanket, roadside LED flares, jumper cables, a whistle, maps, and a small supply of water in your vehicle.
Weather can shift suddenly from one day to the next in the Spring. As a result, check your local forecast each day before leaving the house. Even in the spring, it is a good idea to use sunscreen, wear sunglasses, and dress in layers to provide comfort and breathability. Similarly, wearing appropriate footwear that is comfortable and slip-resistant will help prepare seniors for unexpected falls in slippery spring conditions.
Winter weather tends to keep older adults from getting outside for a long period of the year. Therefore, it’s important for seniors to get plenty of fresh air in the springtime. As the days get longer, use the spring as a time to get more sun and visit local nature areas to see the trees and plants bloom and the birds and wildlife to increase their activity.
Spring is also a great time to start gardening fruits, vegetables, and flowers for the summer and fall. The heat of the day can be stressful to both seniors and plants, so be sure to do your gardening in the morning and evening. The use of raised beds and trellises can also help seniors enjoy the beauty of gardening without bending over to see the fruits of their labor.
Defend Against Allergies
As the seasons change, it’s very common to experience allergic reactions to all the pollen in the air. Using daily trackers like pollen.com to monitor local pollen levels can help seniors decide when to stay indoors and keep windows shut.
To minimize allergy symptoms, wash your hands and hair often, keep pollen off your skin and consider eating anti-inflammatory or hypoallergenic foods. For instance, foods like tomatoes, blueberries, nuts, leafy greens, garlic, and turmeric are shown to reduce inflammation and combat histamines.
Allergic reactions can look a lot like symptoms of colds, flu, and even coronavirus. Seniors need to recognize the difference between seasonal allergies and symptoms of a serious illness. For example, while seasonal allergies can sometimes lead to fatigue, sore throats, and coughing, aches or fevers are not common symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Visit the Doctor
After a long and potentially isolating winter, it’s a good idea to schedule a visit with their healthcare provider to get a routine check-up. Seniors should this time to discuss any new health concerns and receive referrals to specialists if needed. Updating on vaccinations and prescriptions are both great ways to get seniors ready for spring and summer traveling.
Whether you prefer a hand with basic daily tasks this spring or are ready to carry out your independent life to the fullest, New Haven has a wide variety of plans tailored to your needs. Visit our locations across Texas and experience the New Haven difference.