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Holiday S-A-F-E-T-Y Tips for Seniors

Senior women happy & healthy over the winter.

When welcoming the holidays, older people need to remember not to say good-bye to everyday health and safety practices. While the holidays will be different during the COVID-19 pandemic, with some intentional planning and practice, this can still be "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Keep these S-A-F-E-T-Y tips in mind.

Stay Hydrated

Water is your best friend when it comes to staying hydrated over the holidays. Remember alcohol is dehydrating. Often we do not feel thirsty until our bodies are already on the way to being much too dry. Do not wait till you feel thirsty to drink!

Allow Time for Rest

Being out of your normal routine can be exhausting. Fatigue can make seniors extra vulnerable to falls, skipping important meals, and lower your immune response. Plan for periods of rest each day.

Follow Your Routine Dietary Guidelines and Restrictions

Rich meals and tasty treats can be tempting, but over indulgence can also de-rail your health and your holiday. Here are some tips for people with diabetes.

Embrace Emotion

If you have experienced a loss the holidays may be an extra difficult time. It is normal for these emotions to surface during the holidays. Don't ignore them. Reach out to family, friends, or your primary care provider to get needed support.

Travel Wisely

Keep hand sanitizer readily available on your trip no matter how short or long. Take along medications and your routine over-the-counter remedies. If you use inhalers or a nebulizer machine be sure to pack those items as well.  The holidays are not time to miss doses of routine medications and treatments.

You Are Your Own Best Advocate

Don't be afraid to use your voice to speak up and make your own personal health and safety a priority. It will be a much more enjoyable holiday for you and yours if you stay healthy and safe!

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Jeannette Eddowes, CRNP, MSN

Jeannette Eddowes, CRNP, MSN, is a nurse practitioner with LG Health Physicians Specialty Medicine and LG Health Physicians Geriatrics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy College; a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Master of Arts in Gerontology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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