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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Staying Healthy as the Seasons Change: Tips for Seniors

As the seasons change, so can our bodies' needs. Here are some tips to help seniors stay healthy and thrive throughout the year:

Adjusting to the Weather:

  • Summer Heat: Stay cool by staying hydrated, wearing loose-fitting clothing, and limiting strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day. Schedule outdoor walks or gardening for early mornings or evenings. Don't forget sunscreen and a hat!

  • Winter Chill: Dress in layers to trap warmth. Wear a hat, gloves, and warm socks when outdoors. Keep your home at a comfortable temperature and consider using a humidifier to prevent dry skin.

Boosting Your Immune System:

  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Focus on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains throughout the year. These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help fight off illness.

  • Consider Supplements: Talk to your doctor about a vitamin D supplement, especially in winter when sunlight exposure is limited. Vitamin D is crucial for bone health and immune function.

Staying Safe and Active:

  • Exercise Regularly: Regular physical activity helps maintain strength, balance, and overall well-being. Opt for low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, or gentle yoga. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.

  • Prevent Falls: Falls are a serious concern for seniors. Ensure your home is well-lit and free of clutter. Wear sturdy shoes with good tread. Talk to your doctor about any concerns regarding balance or dizziness.

  • Get Your Flu Shot: The flu can be especially dangerous for older adults. Getting a flu shot every year is the best way to protect yourself.

Additional Tips:

  • Schedule Regular Check-ups: Staying up-to-date with doctor's appointments allows for early detection and management of potential health issues.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, regardless of the season. Aim for eight glasses per day,or more if you're sweating heavily.

  • Maintain Social Connections: Social interaction is vital for mental and emotional well-being. Stay connected with loved ones through phone calls, video chats, or in-person visits.

By following these tips, seniors can embrace each season with confidence and maintain optimal health throughout the year. Remember, it's always best to consult your doctor for personalized advice regarding your specific health needs.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456

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