ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ELDERLY CARE IN WINTERS


ELDERLY CARE IN WINTERS

India will have about 158.7 million elderly people by 2025. A growing old population also means immense health challenges, more so within the wake of an epidemic just like the COVID-19. in comparison to other age groups, the danger of the older people contracting the infection and developing other complications could also be higher, thanks to their age and associated co morbidities. The pandemic, however, is simply one among the challenges. With winter months having set in, the older population is vulnerable to other infections and diseases as well; dropping temperatures including their weak system can make them susceptible to hypothermia, bone and joint problems, and other issues.

Here are some things to think about while taking care of elderly in these months.

Covid-19 and Other Infections

Viral, bacterial and fungal infections are a serious risk factor for the elderly, especially if they need co morbidities. Aside from following COVID-19 prevention protocols like hand hygiene, social distancing, masking, etc., there are other considerations also.

Hypothermia and Heart Health

With age, the body’s ability to adapt to lower temperatures and cold also diminishes. It’s also important to make sure that they get warm and nutrient-dense food during these months. Make sure that they’re wearing warm clothes. Exposure to lower temperatures over time can cause slowing of the guts rate, increasing the likelihood of hypothermia, attack, and stroke.

Respiratory Illnesses

Winters bring with them cold and cough. For elderly with any pre-existing respiratory issues, this will become problematic. Exposure to both low temperatures and pollution may cause issues like bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, etc. there’s thus a requirement for precautions and to stay them insulated from the consequences of the cold.

Bone and Joint Problems

It is difficult for all age groups to undertake extensive or regular physical activity in winter months. This will be a problem for the older population since they’re in danger or may already be affected by a variety of bone, muscle and joint problems.

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