A previous article addressed family members helping their older parents and loved ones get their household ready for fall. It might be a good idea to address getting ourselves ready for the cold weather, too. The next few months are usually a flurry of activity that flies by without our really knowing it, and then we wish that we had taken the time to pay a bit more attention. Let’s look at a few things that need to be done before it gets too cold.
The lube and oil change
Right now is the perfect time to get your car winterized. That means going to a reputable service center, or your favorite mechanic, and having that oil change, if needed. Have the coolant checked, and anti-freeze added or changed. Tires need to be checked for pressure. Many mechanics advise lowering tire pressure for better traction during the winter. Have them check the hose connections and battery. Nothing is more devastating than going out on a cold morning and finding out you have a dead battery.
The Flu and you
The flu can play havoc on the elderly and anyone with respiratory and/or heart disease. The flu shot will not give you the flu. That is an urban legend! The vaccine will protect you from getting the flu strain that is prevalent this season. Martin’s, Krogers and Walgreen’s now are advertising the nasal vaccine for the flu. No shots involved. Check with your doctor about your need for the pneumonia vaccine this year. It is generally given 5-10 years apart. If you have any respiratory problems, it will be to your advantage to have this also.
Additional ideas for your safety and comfort
If you live in your own home, and you have a walkway and porch in front, make plans with a neighbor about keeping your walks and porch clear of snow or ice this winter. Doing so now will save you some grief and worry later. Sometimes what we don’t see or think about can turn out to be very important later to our well being.
Take a leisurally stroll through your home and make sure to pause long enough in each room to really look, closely. If something needs attention, like a frayed electrical cord or a window that won’t close fully, make a list. Things on the list that you are able to handle can be done over the next few weeks. Those things that you can’t handle should be relegated to someone that you are familiar with, a son or son-in-law, or good neighbor.
The important thing to remember is that it is great to be ready for the coming winter. Getting ready now means you can relax and enjoy the season to come.