As Christmas and a new decade approaches, along with it comes the wintery weather. A fun and festive time for many can be tricky to navigate for those who are a little unsteady on their feet. The drop in temperatures, slippery fallen leaves and the icy ground can be a daunting prospect.
Here are a few tips to stay safe for the next few months and to make the most of those crisp winter walks with family and friends.
A little exercise can work wonders all year round, but especially during winter. Gaining strength and increasing energy can help the elderly feel more confident when going outside in winter.
As the temperature falls there is a risk of limbs and joints in the elderly to become stiff, but with frequent movement, this can be eased. A daily exercise and stretch regime can keep the body warm and the mind active, there are tutorials on places such as youtube for a gentle age-friendly exercise.
Other ways to get active in later life is through walking and swimming. These activities put very little pressure on the joints and can be a great way to stay fit and also meet new people.
Keep Hands Free
Keeping hands free and out of pockets when going for a walk means they can steady themselves quickly when needed.
When the weather is chillier a pair of gloves with textured fingers and palms can help with gripping onto walking sticks or a handrail.
It is also a good idea to keep a fully charged phone that is easily accessible, such as a coat pocket, on their person when leaving home.
Choose the right footwear. A sturdy shoe with a thick rubber sole with grip will help them feel more confident on their feet.
Ensure that underneath they wear warm socks, and for those with bad circulation, make sure they wear socks that have don’t have an elasticated top. This ensures that blood flow can reach to their toes.
Even if they do not use a walking stick or any other mobility aid the rest of the year, sometimes a little extra help is a great idea in the winter months.
A walking aid can provide a bit more stability for those trips outside, they are easily purchased from the high street and online. Walking sticks can also be borrowed from the NHS.
We hope these tips have been useful. Share this with your friends and loved ones this winter to help them stay safe.