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Winter time brings challenges to everybody, here, we’ve gathered  little information from a couple of sources about how to get through the next few months, keeping active and safe. THe list is by no means definitive, just some pointers.

According to Arthritis Ireland. During winter dressing warmly is the key. Paying special attention to the head, hands and feet, as majority of heat is lost from the body's extremities. Some helpful winter dressing tips include:

  • Wear loose layers when going outdoors. Layers traps body heat to keep you warm.
  • Wear mittens or gloves to protect your hands.
  • Wear a hat or beanie to protect your head.
  • Wear a scarf to protect your neck.
  • Wear socks and waterproof boots to avoid getting feet wet or damp.

The cold and damp weather can also cause changes to people’s exercise plans. We have an instinct during winter to hibernate; however, a lack of physical activity will cause joints to become stiff.  Exercise eases arthritis pain. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. To manage arthritic conditions during the cooler months, individuals need to plan physical activities that are easy to do during winter, such as:

  • Walking indoors, such as around shopping centres
  • Household chores, like vacuuming
  • Playing with children
  • Swimming indoors, such as Hydrotherapy
  • Taking an aerobics or yoga class
  • Listening to music and dancing
  • Using the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Stretching or doing light exercises while watching TV

Exercise doesn't have to be boring. Anything that keeps you moving works.

Here at the Belvedere Clinic, we would also advise that if you’re playing sport and wrapping up like an eskimo isn’t an option, a good dynamic warm up prior to exercise and a thorough stretching session after. Get a hot shower and into warm dry clothes as quick

SOME ADVICE FROM THE HSE

Everyone, especially older or more vulnerable people, should remember to take extra care during a cold spell. Elderly people should not venture outdoors in severe weather if possible. The public are asked to make a special effort to keep in contact with their neighbours and relatives, particularly those living alone.

Remember:-

  • Keep warm, eat well and avoid unnecessary travel
  • Call on elderly relatives and neighbours and ensure they have sufficient supplies of food and of any prescription drugs they may need
  • Ensure that older people have sufficient fuel supplies to maintain adequate heating in their homes

MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

If travel services or roads are disrupted due to bad weather, you may need to change planned visits to hospital or other health centres for appointments or even a planned operation. If severe disruption occurs, some health services may have to change their operating times. If you have a question about any planned appointments, please phone the hospital or facility that you are due to attend to check on any changes to services.

PREVENTING FALLS AND TRIPS

Emergency Departments around the country can be busy in severe weather, dealing with sprains and fractures as a result of slips and falls on icy roads and footpaths. While both young and old present to Emergency Departments as a result of falls on ice, as we get older a fall can result in broken bones, a loss of confidence, loss of mobility and fear of leaving the home. Many falls can be prevented and by making small changes we can reduce the chances of falling.

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