Post by Jason Tucker
Keeping active is important for all ages and proven to benefit us physically, mentally and emotionally. Whilst keeping active during the spring and summer months is relatively easy, winter can often present challenges to our usual routines. For elderly people keeping active in winter can be extremely difficult, particularly when bad weather and dark evenings can make travelling difficult or even unsafe.
However, they are a variety of ways elderly people can overcome the obstacles presented by winter and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle during winter months. Although outdoor physical activity can be difficult, gyms and local leisure centres provide affordable ways of maintaining physical fitness in a safe and warm environment throughout winter. Many offer fitness courses which extend right through winter as well as weekly group classes specifically aimed at older members. Gyms typically offer a range of social activities and clubs which members can join in order to increase their fitness and socialize with other members. This can be ideal for older people who wish to maintain or improve their physical fitness but are unable to do so outdoors during cold winter months.
In addition to maintaining physical health, it’s essential that elderly people take care of their mental and emotional health. The short days and long evenings can leave many feeling isolated and some people struggle to undertake day-to-day activities if weather is particularly bad. Fortunately many groups and community services cater for individuals who may need additional assistance during winter. For example, some community support services will assist with shopping or travel requirements for elderly people who may need a little extra help.
Elderly people can also undertake a variety of activities throughout winter to stay mentally and physically engaged. Festivities taking place throughout winter means there is ample opportunity to volunteer in organizing or arranging local or family events. Many charities require additional volunteers throughout this time and there are varied tasks to ensure people with varying abilities are able to take part. For example, many community services require help in wrapping gifts to be distributed to local children or organizing local Christmas fairs or serving food to the needy.
For elderly people who take a keen interest in gardening, winter need not mean the end of their gardening activities. Those with access to a greenhouse can continue to cultivate plants whilst those without can still grow window boxes or prepare bulbs for the next season. Enabling elderly people to modify their usual activities so as they can continue throughout winter is a great way of ensuring they are able to remain active and agile throughout the winter.
There are a number of classes and groups which welcome elderly people and many which are specifically aimed at the unique requirements of the older generation. Many of these offer support with travelling for people who may struggle to attend without assistance. By accessing these services, elderly people are able to maintain their activities and interests and ensure they are able to continue to socialize and remain active throughout the winter.
If you’re worried about an elderly relative, ensure they get all the help and support they need. Hallmark offer residential care homes, which offer the elderly with an active and friendly environment to live in. Hallmark has care homes in Wimbledon and across the UK.