Winter season? Tips for seniors to stay warm in the cold weather
It is necessary to prepare for the winter season before its arrival. This is because as the air is cold, the elderly ones are at more risk of developing health complications and injuries. Just being in a very cold environment can lead to hypothermia. Hypothermia is when the body temperature is very low and can cause health problems such as renal disorder, hepatic issues and heart attack. As we advance in age, our body’s ability to regulate the internal body temperature can decrease. Hence, it is necessary to take care of the seniors during the extreme weather. Here are some tips to help keep you warm during the cold season:
- Keep a warm home
Don’t let the increasing heat bills hinder you from keeping yourself warm at home. A poorly insulated home and one with temperature less than 68 degree can pose a risk to the health of the seniors. Prepare your home by having the fireplace and furnace checked. Inspect your windows, doors and walls to make sure there are no cracks. If there are, then have them sealed to avoid heat wastage. This would also reduce energy costs. Set your thermostat to at least 68-70 degree Fahrenheit.
- Thicken your clothing
If you are going out of the house, make sure you are properly dressed for the cold. Wearing thick clothing or more layers of clothing is essential. Do not forget your warm coat, gloves, scarf or head warmer, hat and socks. Make sure your upper and lower extremities are covered. When indoors or before bedtime, wear your pajamas and cover up with a blanket.
- Don’t chow on cold food
It is important to feed well in the cold season to ensure your body gets adequate nutrient to maintain a healthy immune system. The elderly ones especially, need a balanced diet. However, it is better you restrict it to warm food to avoid incurring other health problems. Food like warm soup, stew and chili would be perfect to induce warmth. You can also go for healthy fat diets to boost metabolism. Keep hydrated but avoid the temptation of taking drinks that are directly from the fridge.
- Cut down on alcohol intake
Drinks that are alcoholic can make one lose body heat and should be avoided.
- Get more exercise
Exercising regularly keeps your body fit and helps maintain a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system in turn could help prevent flu in the cold weather. Local recreation centers or senior centers are good options of places where you can go to shake off the cold. You should however take care not to expose yourself to the cold while at it.
- Prepare your vehicle
If you drive, make sure your vehicle is ready for the incoming nasty weather. Have your tires and windshield wiper blades checked out. You make sure to top up fluids and install winter tires. Replace things that need to be replaced and make the necessary repairing.