Choose Joy, Choose Health
The holiday season is upon us and it’s a great time for joy and merriment. To ensure that we get to enjoy all this merriment ourselves, it is important that we continue to look after our health and that of those we are caring for. Let us provide you with some guidance for staying healthy over the holidays.
The risks over winter
As the weather gets colder, we are much more likely to fall prey to illness such as colds and flu, which can put a downer on the holiday spirit. This can be even harder to avoid when we consider all the time spent with family. If just one person comes down with a cold, this can easily spread around with all the hugging and sharing of the season.
Unfortunately, aging adults are even more susceptible to airborne illnesses, so it’s even more important that you look after your health in your later years.
How to stop the spread of illnesses
There are a number of quick and easy measure you can take during the holidays to help prevent germs being spread and to stay happy and healthy.
- Wash your hands – It’s something you’ve been told since you were a child, but it’s just as important as we age. Washing your hands regularly can help to kill the bacteria that could potentially spread illness.
- Stay hydrated – It’s important to drink a lot over the holidays (and we don’t mean alcoholic drinks) to keep yourself healthy. Regularly drink water and don’t overdo it if you are treating yourself to a few alcoholic beverages.
- Rest – The holidays can be a stressful time if you’re running around organizing things and staying up late for the celebrations. Make sure you stay well rested throughout all of this by getting plenty of sleep at night and taking enough time to relax during the day.
Tips for caregivers
If you’re looking after an elderly family member during the holidays, it’s important to look out for their physical and mental well-being, as well as your own. All of the celebrations and visiting family members can become overwhelming, particularly if they’re suffering from conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
It may be important to help keep up seniors’ routines as much as possible to help them feel comfortable. For managing diabetes during the holidays, keeping up a regular eating schedule is also important. Make sure they have somewhere to go (a bedroom or other space) if they need a break and some peace and quiet. You are probably familiar with their needs and behavior, so be sure to keep an eye on them to help them meet their needs.
If you need any assistance with in-home care during the holiday season, get in touch with us at Home Loving Senior Care for services in the Piedmont Triad.