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Thursday, September 12, 2024

Tips for Winter Wellness

In the Chicagoland area, the winter can be beautiful but also cold, snowy, and a little unsafe if we are unprepared. Older adults are especially vulnerable to the risks that severe winter weather poses. These Tips for Winter Wellness can help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Get Assistance with Snow Removal:

If you live in Chicago, most Alderman offices can connect you with a volunteer to remove snow from your walkway. You can look up your ward and Alderman here to contact their office. Residents in the suburbs should check their town’s website for assistance.

Stay Safe and Warm:

  • Keep an eye on the forecast to stay apprised of extreme temperatures or storms.
  • Stay indoors on days with extreme temperatures or storms.
  • If you must go outside, wear a coat, hat, scarf, and gloves and avoid exposing your skin. Also, use good winter footwear with traction and step carefully.
  • If you must travel, keep extra blankets, snacks, and a phone charger in your vehicle.
  • When staying home, set your heat to at least 68°.
  • Eat well and limit alcohol intake.

Keep Your Mood Up:

  • Enjoy an indoor hobby – read, draw, cook, or bake a new recipe.
  • Find something new to watch – has a library of free and fascinating programming.
  • Stay connected to friends and family by scheduling phone calls. If possible, set up a video call to see the people you are talking with.
  • Follow these tips from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) for exercising in cold weather.
  • Connect with a friendly visitor – CMSS’ Senior Connections program is actively recruiting volunteers and participants to reduce loneliness and isolation.

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