The Rumdul Club has advised its elderly members how to stay healthy during Thailand’s cool season.
While Thais don’t have to worry about the health ailments that come from rain, sleet and snow, the relatively cooler temperatures during the autumn and winter – which rarely drop below 20 C – send Thais running to the stores for parkas and scarves.
About 50 seniors, who are more sensitive to drops of even a few degrees Celsius, were told to keep their body temperatures constant with warm clothing and blankets at night.
The seniors also were advised to exercise regularly to keep their immune systems strong and eat well, drink plenty of warm water and get enough sleep.
Flu shots also were recommended, as well as avoiding people with colds or other ailments, as well as washing hands regularly and maintaining good hygiene.
The members also got practical tips on dealing with winter weather, which can contribute to dry skin and eczema in older people. Older people should avoid long showers, apply lotions after showers and leave the skin slightly moist after washing.