The cold weather is upon us and it’s time for a reminder on how to stay safe during the winter season. The weather can change quickly at this time of year. Being prepared is the best way to stay safe and keep yourself comfortable. As we age we feel the cold more quickly and sometimes aren’t aware of it. Dressing for the temperature can help keep us from getting sick.
Cold Weather Tips
- Layer your clothing during colder weather. Dress for the coldest part of the day and shed layers if you become too warm. Hypothermia can occur if your body temperature drops too low. This can happen even if you are indoors so keep your heat at a steady 68 degrees Fahrenheit and pay attention to how cold you are.
- Use weather stripping around doors and windows. Many older buildings are prone to having gaps that let in cold winds and allow the warm air to escape.
- Eat well. Cold temperatures and diets do not go together. This is the time for warm soups and stews. Eat enough that you don’t lose weight. Your body fat is what keeps you warm.
- Close your blinds and curtains to help keep out cold drafts. Add more warm blankets to your bed and use throws or quilts when sitting. Sometimes we aren’t aware that we are getting cold so keep covered up. Many seniors have less feeling in their feet than before so add thick socks and warm slippers to wear around the house.
- If you’re going outside wear a hat and scarf. We lose a lot of heat through our heads. Wear a coat that is not only warm but is also wind and water repellent. Make outdoor excursions short and if the weather’s bad, stay in if you can.
Cold weather can put anyone at risk but for the elderly there are special concerns. Plan ahead before the winter months and make sure you are well stocked with necessities. To read more cold weather tips for seniors, click here.