Idaho winters can be unpredictable and unforgiving, despite how beautiful the scenery. The colder weather poses numerous threats to each of us, but especially the elderly as the ice increases the risk of a fall and exposure to low temperatures can result in hypothermia. Clearing walks of snow can be daunting for anyone, and it's important to ask for help when needed.
With less daylight and the outdoor conditions making outings less frequent, we're all at risk for wintertime depression. Feelings of loneliness and isolation can increase as we have less interaction with others. There's a helpful article at caring.com with suggestions on how to cope with the holiday blues. Setting up a check-in schedule with neighbors, friends, and family members is a great idea and can make a big difference. Even a quick phone call each day can make an impact on feelings of seclusion.
Despite the chilly weather and conditions outside, it's still possible and important to continue an active lifestyle. Speaking with your physician about an in-home exercise routine can help maintain your health and independence. A stretching or yoga routine can be done in the comfort of your own home, or you can meet up with friends to walk indoors at Nampa's Karcher Mall. The Caldwell YMCA even offers a FREE Senior Shape Up class Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 for senior members of the community.