Seniors: Top Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter

Released on 20 June 2018
Healthy seniors

This article features in the current edition of Salisbury Seniors Magazine

As the temperature starts to drop, there is a greater tendency to stay indoors where it is warm, be less active and eat more comfort food. Winter also brings increased risk of illness, so here are our top tips for keeping healthy this winter.

Wash, Wipe and Cover

In winter, colds, influenza and gastroenteritis can cause disruption to your home, social, and work lives. These common diseases are spread by germs on our hands. You can reduce the risk of getting sick or passing illness on to others by washing your hands, frequently wiping down surfaces, and covering your coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow.

Flu Immunisation

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious virus that is more serious than the common cold. Annual vaccination can reduce your chances of getting the flu and may also reduce the severity of flu symptoms if you do catch it. If you have not had a flu jab, visit your GP for advice.

Healthy Eating

Including plenty of nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables in your diet can help keep your immune system strong. It is also important to keep hydrated in winter, so remember to drink plenty of water. For more tips on eating well, see page 17 of the latest Salisbury Seniors Magazine.

Be Active

Doing physical activity for 30 minutes every day can help you feel healthier and more energetic. Have a long stretch, go for a brisk walk, or leisurely ride your bike around the park - you'll feel great afterwards.

Sleep Well

A good night’s sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing. Sleep deprivation can weaken your immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness.

Get a Plan

The cold weather in winter can worsen preexisting chronic illnesses such as asthma. Asthmatics should review their illness management plans, or speak with their GP if they do not have one in place.

More info: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/healthyliving