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5 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Warm This Winter

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As we age, our body’s ability to regulate internal body temperature and sense fluctuations in temperature can decrease. This is a particularly important function for Seniors as it gets into the colder months because of possible health risks, such as hypothermia.

One of the misconceptions about hypothermia is that it only occurs in extremely cold environments, but in actuality, people may begin experiencing symptoms at just 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hypothermia presents a very real danger for Seniors, but fret not, there are some actions you can take to not only prevent hypothermia but also feel comfortable this winter. Here are some tips to help you stay warm.

1. A Warm Home

During the colder months, your heating bills can get expensive. However, don’t let this deter you from keeping yourself warm indoors. It may be tempting to lower your thermostat to save a few extra dollars. However, any home that’s lower than 68 degrees can pose a risk for Seniors, especially in a poorly insulated home.

At a minimum, keep your thermostat above 68 degrees and ensure your windows and doors are well insulated, which will only help you save on your heating bills, and ultimately stay warm.

2. Bundle Up

Wearing more layers is essential during the winter months for Seniors. Start with a basic layer made of fabric such as wool, polyester, or flannel to help wick away moisture. This will keep you dry, and ultimately warm, as wet clothes do little to help with warmth.

Don’t be shy about wearing more layers, especially when venturing outdoors. While it’s easy to take a layer off when it gets too hot, it’s much more difficult to find a jacket or a coat when you’re away from home.

3. Cover Your Extremities

Another essential tip is keeping your extremities warm, especially outdoors. Seniors may have some trouble regulating temperatures in their extremities, which can result in poor blood circulation to the hands and feet.

Consider wearing dry gloves, thick socks, and a good pair of boots when going outdoors to prevent heat from escaping your body.

4. Eat Warm Foods

Eating healthy foods is important for Seniors, but it can even help you stay warm in the winter. Due to aging, medications, or pre-existing health issues, some Seniors may struggle with eating well. Loss of appetite can occur because of these factors. However, it’s important to keep yourself well fed during the colder months to ensure your body has all the nutrients it needs to maintain a healthy immune system.

Try introducing extra healthy fats into your diet to boost your metabolism, which in turn, keeps your body warmer. If healthy fats aren’t a viable option, soups, stews, and chili are also great ways to warm your body inside out. Consider avoiding alcoholic beverages, as they will thin your blood, which will only your body temperature.

5. Exercise

Another simple way to increase your body temperature and increase your appetite is exercise. Regular exercise keeps your body stay fit and helps maintain a healthy and robust immune system, which is essential in preventing colds and cases of flu in the winter.

Although exercising outdoors may not be a great option during the winter months, local recreation centers or senior centers have indoors gyms can offer a safe and practical solution to stay healthy and fit.

Following these tips can not only keep you warm but will also keep you safe this winter. Helping seniors stay safe and retain their independence is important to us.

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Contact us today if you have any questions!