Tips to protect the elderly in winter
As temperatures drop, health problems among the elderly tend to go up.
The chill and the sudden dip in temperature affects blood circulation and increases joint pain for patients who have arthritis and osteoporosis.
Blood supply to the joints reduces and this can be painful.
Changes in the weather can affect both the body and brain of the elderly. Feelings of depression are stronger so it is important to make sure that their surroundings are cheerful and family members or caregivers surround them.
Apart from many layers of woolen clothing and avoiding going out too often, caregivers and children should make sure they avoid crowded places as chances of catching infections increase.
Doctors recommend carrying an antiseptic hand wash while going out and using public toilets. It is also advisable to get flu and pneumonia vaccinations.