How to Stay Healthy this Autumn from Retirement Communities in Ohio

Don’t let sickness or injury get you down this season!

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The changing of the seasons unfortunately usually means sickness is also on the rise. While hot weather runs the risk of issues like sunburns, heat exhaustion, and dehydration, the cooler weather has its dangers as well. At our Ohio Retirement Communities, our residents’ safety and health is our ultimate priority. We go to great lengths to ensure a clean, sanitized, and safe environment for them to call home. Here are some important tips for staying healthy in the fall!

 

Reduce Your Risks for Influenza

Taking measures to protect you and your loved one’s health and safety is important all year, but especially when the risk for influenza is at its highest. To keep yourself and those around you healthy, here are some measures you can take:

  • Wash hands with warm water and soap frequently throughout the day, or use hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick, and avoid being near others when you are sick
  • Regularly disinfect high-traffic surfaces like counter tops and doorknobs
  • Eat a diet rich in nutritious foods like fruit, vegetables and protein
  • Improve the immune system through regular, safe exercise

Stay Bundled Up

As the temperatures get cooler, it’s important to keep yourself and your loved ones warm and bundled up. The National Institute of Health states that hypothermia can occur relatively quickly after being exposed to even mildly cold temperatures, so even when the weather doesn’t feel incredibly cold, precautions should still be taken. Dress in layers and wear loose clothing. When possible, stay indoors during the early morning and late night hours, when the temperatures tend to be lowest. When outdoors, be vigilant about bundling up with gloves, scarves, and hats to stay warm and healthy.

Get Your Vaccines if Possible

Getting the flu may not be as harmful to young people’s health. However, as we age, developing complications from the flu such as pneumonia or bronchitis is more likely. This can lead to much longer time needed for recovery, or even serious illness and hospitalization. If you or a loved one has a pre-existing condition or has a compromised immune system, getting the flu can make symptoms of that condition more severe, as well. For all of these reasons, it is important to talk to a physician or other healthcare professional about any vaccination options that would make the most sense for you or your loved one.

Keep Walkways Unobstructed

Our final suggestion for keeping yourself or your loved one safe this season is to keep leaves raked and out of common walkways. This time of year trees lose their leaves, resulting in slippery tripping hazards. While the colorful leaves are a pretty sight to behold, keeping these leaves cleared out of walking paths and sidewalks will make a big difference in reducing the risk of tripping, falling, and potentially getting hurt.

Our teams at the Ohio retirement communities take your health and safety extremely seriously. As we get older, it is increasingly important to be observant and take any measures possible to protect our immunity. We will do our part to ensure our residents’ safety at all costs. We hope you take these tips to heart and implement them so you can feel fully protected.

For more information on our Ohio retirement communities, contact our friendly team today!

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