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Stay Connected This Winter: Tips for Older Adults

| Amanda Payne | , ,

Staying socially connected is vital for our mental and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, one in five older Australians report feeling lonely. Winter’s colder weather and increased rates of colds and flu make staying connected even harder as we tend to retreat indoors.

At Home Care Assistance Sydney City and East, our Aged Care Professionals witness the immense benefits of social connection for the elderly. Here are some tips to help you and your loved ones stay socially connected this winter.

Invite Friends and Family Over Regularly

One of the best ways to stay connected is to invite friends and family to your home. Regular visits can provide companionship and prevent feelings of isolation. If you are able to, you should plan regular gatherings and create a warm, welcoming environment for your guests.

Arrange Meet-Ups When the Weather Permits

Winter can bring some challenging weather, but there are always days that are warmer and more pleasant. Check the weekly weather forecast and plan to catch up with friends on the nicer days. Flexibility is key—if the weather changes, simply reschedule. Midday meet-ups are often the best as temperatures tend to be warmer. Additionally, getting outside on a sunny day is beneficial for your health.

Dress Appropriately for Winter

Layering is essential in winter. Ensure you have enough warm clothing, and consider layers for fluctuating temperatures. Warm, waterproof footwear is crucial to keep your feet dry. Don’t forget raincoats and umbrellas for those unexpected showers.

Choose Comfortable Meeting Places

Selecting a warm, dry location is important for winter meet-ups. Look for places with nearby parking or public transport to minimise walking in the cold. Cosy coffee shops with good heating and plenty of seating are ideal.

Protect Against Flu and COVID

Vaccinations play a crucial role in keeping you and others healthy. Get your flu shot and any due COVID boosters. Continue practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands, maintaining social distance, and staying home when unwell, to prevent the spread of illnesses.

Leverage Technology for Social Connections

When weather or health conditions make it hard to go out, technology can help maintain social connections. Simple phone calls are great, but video chats can enhance the sense of connection. Consider virtual meet-ups like book clubs or coffee afternoons using platforms like Zoom.

While these strategies can help, sometimes additional support is needed. Regular home care services not only assist with daily tasks but also provide much-needed social interaction and companionship.

Support from Home Care Assistance

Engaging with a home care agency like Home Care Assistance Sydney City and East can significantly enhance the quality of life while living independently. For more information, contact our team today.

[1] Monash University – Loneliness in Older Australians

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