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Health & Wellness | August 31, 2023

3 Autumn Preparation Tips For Seniors

As we head into September, signs of the arrival of autumn are  all around us – crisp air, the beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds of changing leaves, and an abundance of delicious comforting meals as farmers begin to harvest. Autumn also marks the beginning of changes to the weather. As the temperature drops, it is important to consider how this might impact our health and safety. This is especially important in places like Calgary, where the weather can turn on a dime (Calgary has experienced snow as early as August 15!). Here are 3 autumn preparation tips for seniors to help you make the most of the season while remaining safe.

1. Proactively Plan For Flu Season

According to the National Institute on Aging, the flu is more dangerous for older adults given that our immune system weakens as we age. Further to this, the flu can cause additional health complications like pneumonia. The most effective way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year.  At Trico LivingWell, we provide influenza shots on-site for all residents on an annual basis to keep our community safe and healthy. Washing your hands, keeping your space clean, and staying home when you are sick are additional precautions you can take.

2. Stay Warm In A Stylish Sweater

Not only does slipping into your favourite fall sweater guarantee comfort, this is also a great way to keep warm with the dropping temperatures! Be sure to layer your clothing for the ease of being able to bundle up in the chilly mornings and shed some layers as the sun shines in the afternoon.

3. Sweep Away Leaves and Additional Debris

Spending time in nature has great benefits for our health, and autumn is a perfect time to do so – with the beautiful, picturesque scenery, going for a walk amongst the tapestry of falling leaves is an elevated experience. While there’s no doubt that the falling leaves are beautiful, these can be a tripping hazard when stepping out to enjoy the crisp autumn air. Ask a loved one to help you sweep leaves away that could pose a fall risk near entrances of your home. At Trico LivingWell, our maintenance team ensure our residents don’t have to worry about this by doing leaf removal frequently.

Managing these considerations on your own can feel intimidating at times. If you’re looking for some additional peace of mind, consider looking into a retirement living community like Trico LivingWell that has building features that help keep residents safe during the changing seasons. Trico LivingWell is outfitted with heated sidewalks to keep our residents safe from falling hazards, as well as a comprehensive on-site team consisting of utilities, maintenance, security and housekeeping to help residents feel comfortable and safe so they can spend time focused on aging well.

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