Wintertime Dangers to Seniors

That cold, bitter wind biting through your coat as you walk down the driveway to get the mail. The icy sidewalk, treacherous even in your thick-soled boots. Increased chances of catching the common cold or flu, which can easily lead to pneumonia.

The above are just a few examples of the dangers winter can pose to seniors. Instances of hypothermia, the chances of slipping on ice and breaking a bone, or the risk of getting sick all increase over the cold months. Additionally, when seniors live alone in their homes they can be more prone to social isolation, as it may be too dangerous to drive to meet friends or family, or even to head to the grocery store for essentials.

How Senior Living Communities Keep Seniors Safe through the Winter

Seniors who reside in senior living communities have a distinct advantage throughout the winter months over those who still live in their homes. This is mainly due to the fact that retirement communities offer everything you need to thrive on one convenient campus. Here are just a few of the benefits of community living in winter for a safer, healthier lifestyle:

Avoid isolation with a variety of activities, events and amenities. As mentioned previously, when seniors live alone in their homes, the harsh winter weather can make it difficult to interact and engage with others. However, avoiding social isolation in the winter is not a problem at a senior living community, as communities have long recognized the importance of providing engaging social activities for residents. Without leaving the community, you can join your friends for movie nights, live performances, speaking engagements, and so much more.

No worries about driving in the snow and ice. You might dread getting into your car during the winter, with hazardous road conditions making driving a terrifying ordeal. This means you might hunker down for the long haul, skipping doctor appointments or missing out on spending time with friends and family. However, senior living community residents are offered regularly scheduled transportation to events and appointments outside the community, meaning you don’t need to worry about getting behind the wheel when you aren’t comfortable doing so.

Make your health and wellness top priority – safely. Staying physically active is vital to overall health and wellness, and senior living communities have plenty of options available to residents to ensure the blood stays flowing and the heart rate gets elevated regularly. Many communities offer onsite fitness centers or transportation to a local gym. Plus, if you prefer to take a walk outside in the brisk, fresh air, your sidewalks and roads will be cleared of snow, without you having to lift a finger, to ensure you stay safe in the crisp weather.

Nutritious dining options. When stuck in the home due to a snowstorm, you might end up not eating as healthy as you should, because maybe you can’t make it out to the grocery store. Or, worse, some seniors even skip meals altogether. In a senior living community, residents enjoy delicious, healthy meals in a beautiful restaurant-style dining room. You’re not only guaranteed optimal nutrition, but you also won’t need to worry about meal planning, shopping for groceries, or cleaning up a sink full of dirty dishes.

A Fulfilling Lifestyle No Matter the Season at Western Home Communities

Enjoy freedom for today and security for tomorrow by creating a plan for your future at Western Home Communities. With two campuses in Cedar Falls and a variety of comfortable living options designed to meet your needs and preferences, you’ll enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle through our wellness programming, fine dining, social opportunities and so much more. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a personal tour.