Join us for Still Rockin’: A Night of Music to Support Programming and Resources for Older Adults

Join us for Still Rockin’: A Night of Music to Support Programming and Resources for Older Adults

There’s nothing quite like a Chicago winter. For those of us who have experienced it year after year, the cold temperatures never fail to creep up on us and they always feel colder than ever before. Between the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important to prepare for the seasonal weather.

Hypothermia

Though it may seem impossible to forget the freezing temperatures, you may not be aware of how cold your body actually is. This is when hypothermia occurs, which means your internal body temperature is too low. How can you know if what you’re feeling is hypothermia or simply a chill? Look out for these signs:

Ways to Avoid Hypothermia

 Although many of these suggestions may seem obvious, they can keep your body from becoming dangerously cold:

If you think you are a victim of hypothermia, seek help immediately.

Besides staying warm, there are plenty of things you can to do stay healthy as well!

One Green Tree, One Green Vegetable

Eating one green vegetable will not only help you avoid hypothermia, but it will keep you healthy this holiday season. Whatever you’re feasting on this Christmas, make sure your plate includes a green vegetable.

Keep Moving

By being somewhat active, you aren’t allowing your body to get too stiff. Help put some decorations up, make a pot of coffee, or get up to change the channel. Small movements such as these will help.

Wash Your Hands Regularly

The holiday season is notorious for pesky germs. Make sure to wash your hands multiple times throughout the day.

Christmas Fashion

This holiday season get yourself a pair of non-skid boots or shoes with plenty of traction. This will keep you from slipping on that slippery Chicago ice.

Leave Milk for Santa and Yourself

It’s no secret that milk makes for strong bones. Milk and dairy products such as cheese and yogurt are great sources of protein and calcium, which keeps your bones from breaking.

Source:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothermia/DS00333

Melanie Marzillo
Research & Community Education

Chicago Skilled Nursing
Chicago Senior Living

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