When it comes to joints, colder temperatures have been known to impact the way things feel, and more aches and pains are not uncommon in the winter. Whether it be because of differences in air pressure that take place in the cold-weather months, or whether it is the chill in the air itself that creates a change, the cold weather can make things more challenging for seniors.
Dealing with Joint Pain
Strategies can help to manage and alleviate difficult joint pain in the winter:
- Keep Moving: Making sure that some degree of movement or exercise is a part of seniors’ everyday lives is important all year round, but can be especially helpful for helping to deal with joint pain. Keeping active and moving around can help to keep the body more flexible and loosen joints that are experiencing pain and stiffness. There are a whole host of accessible exercises for seniors that can take place indoors when venturing out in the cold seems unmanageable. Even something as simple as a little stroll can help make a difference.
- Eat Well: A healthy diet is always important for overall health and wellbeing, but making sure that seniors consume important nutrients, minerals, vitamins, proteins, and fibers that help to keep the body in balance can also help to reduce inflammation and therefore manage joint pain from within.
- Get Vitamin D: Here is Canada, it is often a great deal more difficult to get ample vitamin D when the weather is cold. Supplementing Vitamin D or making conscious food choices to ensure that seniors and getting enough can help to manage joint pain in the fall and winter.
- Bundle Up: Heading outside and venturing into the cold can feel more challenging when joint pain is a factor, because exposure to the cold temperature can intensify the pain. Making sure to bundle up in layers and dress appropriately for the weather can make going outside in the cold much easier and less stressful on the joints. Joint pain shouldn’t prevent seniors from heading outside or enjoying the outdoors when the weather is colder, they just need to make sure they are well covered and wear clothes and layers that will keep them and their joints warm.
- Heat Things Up: Heating joints that are experiencing pain with things like hot water bottles, hot compresses, heating pads, or warm baths can help to ease sore joints and make seniors more comfortable. The heat and warmth can be comforting in the cold and can help to reduce the intensity of joint pain.
Achy joints can have a significant impact on how comfortable seniors feel in the cold-weather months, so making sure to address these issues is important for wellbeing through the winter. With a few strategies and steps, seniors can continue to enjoy the winter despite troubles they may face with their joints.