For many older adults, winter can bring feelings of isolation. Due to colder temps, often treacherous weather conditions, and threat of illness, many do not have access to transportation and do not have as many visitors during the winter months. Isolation can often lead to depression and loneliness. For older adults who already felt isolated and alone before the winter months, these feelings are likely to increase. LifeStream is working to continue to combat social isolation this winter while keeping older adults safe.
LifeStream will continue to operate key programs such as meal sites and information and assistance to help ensure older adults have access to food and resources this winter. Aging and Disability Resource Center staff will continue to provide support to individuals we serve to ensure their safety. Our social media accounts will provide updated information on closings and changes as well as fraud prevention, wellness updates, and tips on how to stay warm and safe. You can also find some tips on the enclosed page on how to prepare for colder weather and possible emergencies; share those with loved ones and neighbors this season!
An important part of staying safe and healthy is making sure you are up-to-date on current vaccines and boosters and having the medications and resources you need. Below are some things you can do to help ensure you have the best shot at maintaining your health this season!
Get a Check-up: Make an appointment with your doctor(s) for any medication updates, needed reﬁlls, current vaccines and boosters, or supplements that would help to protect against illness. Having a medication list, extra medications on-hand, and important numbers in case of an emergency is a good idea.
Maintain Good Hygiene: Wash your hands often and carry hand sanitizer to help reduce the risk of illness.
Sign up for a Friendly Caller: LifeStream’s Friendly Caller program matches volunteers with isolated older adults to simply enjoy conversation and ease feelings of loneliness. If you are an older adult who is experiencing isolation and would enjoy receiving calls from a LifeStream Friendly Caller, please call 800-589-1121.
Reach Out for Help: LifeStream provides a variety of programs to help you maintain independence including in-home care management, transportation, nutrition and wellness services, caregiver support, volunteer opportunities, and more.
Stock Supplies for Unexpected Power Outages: Have an easy to reach spot with a flashlight, battery-powered radio, non-perishable food, and extra warm clothes and blanket.
Prepare for Snow & Ice Removal: Make sure you own a shovel and ice melt, or request help from a neighbor or friend/family member in advance if you are unable to do these tasks alone.
Swap your Cooler Weather Bedding for Warm, Winter Bedding: Use a cozy down comforter or wool blankets, and make sure extra blankets are nearby.
Remember to check on your neighbors, friends, and family members, especially those that are elderly or homebound. The winter weather is dangerous, but by taking the necessary precautions you can stay safe and warm.
If you are uncomfortable driving or no longer able to drive, LifeStream provides or coordinates transportation in Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne counties, and can provide information on transportation options in Madison County. Visit lifestreaminc.org/transportation or call 888-589-1121 to schedule a ride or get information on transportation options in your area.