Winter Preparedness for Older Adults

Winter Preparednessfor Older Adults

Not  only should kids wear a coat to avoid catching a cold, but older adults  should, too.  
The  National Institute on Aging (NIA) says  older adults lose body heat faster than when they were young. Review the cold  weather safety tips from NIA and share the following tips on how to stay  warm:
·         Set  your heat at 68°F or higher. To save on heating bills, close off rooms you  are not using. Close the vents and shut the doors in these rooms, and keep  the basement door closed. Place a rolled towel in front of all doors to keep  out drafts.
·         Make  sure your house is not losing heat through windows. Keep your blinds and  curtains closed. If you have gaps around the windows, try using weather stripping  or caulk to keep the cold air out.
·         Dress  warmly on cold days even if you are staying in the house. Throw a blanket  over your legs. Wear socks and slippers.
·         When  you go to sleep, wear long underwear under your pajamas, and use extra  covers. Wear a cap or hat.
·         Make  sure you eat enough food to keep up your weight. If you do not eat well, you  might have less fat under your skin. Body fat helps you to stay warm.
·         Drink alcohol moderately, if at all.  Alcoholic drinks can make you lose body heat.
·         Ask  family or friends to check on you during cold weather. If a power outage  leaves you without heat, try to stay with a relative or friend.

For  more tips, check out Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults from  NIA.