Spring is here at last, which means sunshine and warmer weather are on the way! Spring’s arrival is the perfect time for a fresh start, and many people are inspired to make positive changes to their health during the springtime. Make the most of the season with these spring wellness tips for older adults.
Enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables
A number of healthy, flavorful fruits and vegetables come into season during the spring, including strawberries, asparagus, peas, lettuce, spinach, and rhubarb. Consider freshening up your meals by incorporating some of these seasonal foods into your daily diet.
Experience the outdoors
After a long, cold winter, it’s natural for many older adults to experience a sense of “spring fever.” Spending time outside is known to help people of all ages experience less stress and improved mental health and wellbeing. Take advantage of the warmer weather by enjoying healthy and fun outdoor activities such as walking, gardening, or bird watching.
Dress for unpredictable weather
Spring weather is known to be highly unpredictable and often switches from sunny and warm to cold and rainy all in the same day. Prepare for the weather by dressing in layers so you can feel comfortable both indoors and outdoors.
Watch out for spring allergies
Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, which ramp up in the springtime due to increased pollen levels. Allergies can be a major senior health issue, especially for those already dealing with a chronic illness. Alert your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms of seasonal allergies, which typically include itchy or watery eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing. Older adults should avoid taking over the counter allergy medications without talking to a doctor, since these may cause interactions with their regular medications. A doctor will be able to recommend the right treatment approach for seniors experiencing seasonal allergies.
Avoid spring slip and fall hazards
Rainy spring weather can pose dangerous slip and fall risks for older adults. Grass and pavement become slippery when wet, and tracking water indoors can make your home’s flooring hazardous, too. Prevent the risk of slipping or falling this spring by wearing shoes that are comfortable and have adequate traction. You can avoid bringing water inside on a rainy day by keeping a floor mat near the entrance of your home.