Fall is officially in Texas, and that means a lot of things for our senior loved ones. The air begins to get cooler, sweeter flavors become the preference, football has started back up, and decorations of warm colors are aplenty.
Holly Hall Retirement Community believes that your loved one deserves to enjoy the fall season without having to worry about the troubles that come with age as the seasons change. We are committed to serving the needs of our independent living, assisted living, and healthcare residents to the best of our ability during the fall season. Here are five health tips that your senior loved one can follow in order to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling fall.
5. Get Your Vitamins from Pumpkin Treats
When we think of fall, things like Jack-O-Lanterns usually come to mind. However, your pumpkin can be more beneficial than a simple decoration in a bedroom. They offer a variety of health benefits that make eating fresh Pumpkin snacks like roasted seeds and pumpkin spread a welcome treat. Pumpkin pulp is full of vitamins A and C, and the seeds of the fruit are rich in phytosterols, which help in lowering cholesterol.
4. Avoid Fall Illnesses
As the weather in Texas begins to cool down, assisted living facilities recommend that seniors make extra efforts to avoid falling ill with the flu or a cold. No one wants to spend a week of their independent living being cooped up in their apartment with fatigue and fever.
Take the steps to avoid the flu by taking your loved one to get a flu vaccine at the beginning of the season. Another tip is to hydrate with water throughout the day to strengthen the immune system and help prevent catching a nasty cold.
3. Step Outside
Many loved ones in Texas assisted living facilities have had to be weary of going outside during the hot summer months. With fall now in full swing, your loved one can enjoy the bright leaves on the trees outside and the moderate temperature that can be enjoyed before a Texas winter. Getting outside is great for emotional and mental health, while also increasing vitamin D levels, according to Harvard Medical School.
2. Moderate the Sweets at Your Senior Living Community
Halloween is one of the sweetest times of the year, literally. No matter what age, people enjoy candy. Remember, that while they don’t have to swear off all candy, your loved one in assisted living should only have sweets in moderation throughout the season. As seniors, too much sugar poses a health risk that can be avoided by simply approaching the holidays with caution.
1. Eat In-Season
If your loved one is in an independent living facility and enjoys meals from the comfort of their own kitchen, we recommend that you take a trip to a local farmer’s market and buy vegetables and fruits that are in-season. Not only will these foods taste great, but your loved one can enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet. These benefits include diabetes prevention, hypertension control, and heart health.
Spend the Fall with Holly Hall
If you have a family member that is interested in independent living, senior living apartments, or assisted living, reach out to Holly Hall today. We are Houston’s first retirement community, with a strong background of community support that has kept our legacy alive throughout the years.
For more information on our communities and our history, get in touch with our staff to have your questions answered.