Winter Weather Can Increase Risks to Senior Health— Tips to Prevent Hypothermia
Hypothermia can be a danger to seniors. Certain medications or chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease can affect loved ones and make them more vulnerable to the cold. Even malnutrition and lack of mobility may increase the risk to the elderly.
The warning signs of hypothermia can include the following*:
- Intense Shivering
- Cold and Pale Skin
- Lack of Coordination
- Slurred Speech and Disorientation
Family members and caregivers need to understand hypothermia and be vigilant in preventing it. Your loved one needs to be protected from the risks of exposure to the cold. It is important to provide warm clothing and warm bedding. Additionally, room temperatures should be kept at 70 degrees. An ample amount of food, along with exercise and rest, is essential care for a senior. If your loved one does live alone, frequent visits can help reduce risk. During times of very cold temperatures, daily visits are recommended.
Remember, if you need help in caring for your loved one, there are social service agencies and other senior care organizations to turn to.
*This is being presented for informational purposes and not a substitute for the advice of your doctor or other medical professionals.
Bethesda offers a variety of care choices for senior assisted living. We provide support and resources to our residents and their families. We believe it is important to encourage our seniors to stay active with a variety of interests and hobbies. Revisit our recent blog post about the health benefits from indoor gardening.
Posted on Fri, January 30, 2015
by Shawn Deane