Lessening the Impact of Cold Weather on the Elderly

Lessening the Impact of Cold Weather on the Elderly

Being exposed to extremely cold temperatures can be dangerous at any age. But for older adults the risk of hypothermia is more serious. As seniors age their risk for health problems and injuries in general grows. It’s a fact, however, that heart attacks and high blood pressure are more common in cold weather. Decreased balance, less of an ability to judge temperatures, and impaired eyesight or hearing all factor into the special risks of cold weather to the elderly. In addition, many senior citizens don’t stay hydrated enough and in the winter they are more quickly prone to dehydration. As cold weather approaches and the temperature drops, many seniors can’t produce enough energy to keep their bodies warm enough. If you notice a family member or loved one shivering, looking especially pale, or breathing heavily, be sure she or he is not nearing a state of hypothermia. Also, it’s important that an older adult with circulatory problems or heart disease not be exposed to frostbite, which can result in a loss of limbs.

The staff at Arcadia Home Care suggests some ways to protect the elderly person in your life. Some of the most effective ways for a senior to stay well during winter include:
  • Mild Daily Exercise.
  • Indoor Swimming.
  • Intake of Extra Vitamin D
  • Wearing a Face Mask
  • Getting a Flu Shot
  • Getting a Pneumonia Shot
  • Stay Indoors
  • Wear Layers
  • Stay Dry

Trust the experienced, compassionate, and knowledgeable geriatric care providers from our agency when you need a caregiver. Visit ArcadiaHomeCare.com for more information on all of our services.