Today’s blog is based on our experience of serving the senior citizens over the last few years. We have observed that incidents pertaining to health among the elderly seem to spike during December and January. Although this phenomenon is not unique yet never did it catch our attention till started working in this filed. So,here are a few probable reasons, or better still, causes which we have identified as catalysts for health issues.
a) First and foremost, ever-increased air pollution in metropolitan cities like
Kolkata. Come winter and the entire city remains blanketed by smog during
better part of the day. It is the price we pay for rapid unbridled
urbanization of the cityscape resulting in poor air quality which effects our
lungs and breathing.
b) Second, a tendency to avoid taking regular bath and also wearing more than
adequate woolen garments to insulate oneself against cold. These practices
backfire as the body heat does not get released. This adds to physical
discomfiture often resulting in critical health problems.
c) Third, not performing regular exercise and even it means daily walks in the
morning and evening. As we know, laziness gets better of us during the
pleasant winter season of Kolkata and we may have to pay a hefty price for
d) Fourth, consuming less than adequate water ase we do not feel thirsty like
in the summers. This is a potential source for health complications. Due to
lack of fluid intake, toxins accumulate inside our body and do not get
flushed-out. This results in brain fog, fatigue, sleep impairment etc.
We have outlined only a few factors contributing towards increased incidence of
health issues among the senior citizens during the winter. However, suffice to say
if precautions are taken with respect to the points mentioned above one can go a
long way to reduce the need for emergency hospitalization etc.