As the leaves begin to change into vibrant colors of red, orange and yellow, it means fall is upon us. The air begins to get cooler, flavorful foods are stocked on the shelves and football season is in full swing.
Great Oaks wants our seniors to enjoy the perks of fall without having to worry about the troubles that can come with age as the seasons change. Below are four health tips for your loved ones to follow in order to enjoy a healthy and fun fall season.
1. Avoid Fall Illnesses
As the weather begins to cool down, we recommend taking extra efforts to avoid getting ill with the flu or a cold. Side effects like fatigue and fever can put a damper on being cooped up inside. This can be avoided by getting a flu vaccine at the start of the season. Also by staying hydrated, seniors can help strengthen the immune system to prevent catching a cold.
2. Enjoy the Outdoors
Being outside during the hot summer months can pose a danger to seniors. With the transition to fall, your loved one can now easily enjoy those vibrant leaves and lower temperatures before the colder weather of winter comes. Harvard Medical School says being outside is good for both emotional and mental health as well as increasing vitamin D levels.
3. Get Vitamins From Pumpkin Treats
Fall is full of fun decorations. Taking advantage of pumpkins during this time of year can be more beneficial than serving as just a decoration. Pumpkin pulp is full of vitamins A and C, and the seeds are rich in phytosterols, which helps lower cholesterol. Eating treats like roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin spread have more health benefits than simply being yummy!
4. Enjoy Sweets in Moderation
It’s no secret that Halloween is one of the sweetest times of the year. Candy is meant to be enjoyed by all ages, not just children. However, your loved one in assisted living should have sweets in moderation throughout the fall season. Too much sugar poses a health risk for seniors that can be avoided by taking a moderation approach throughout the holidays.