Cold weather tips for the elderly
Source: Linda Slota,
Webster Senior Center News
- When outdoors, remember to dress warmly.
- Wear loose fitting, layered, lightweight cloting. Mittens are warmer than
gloves because fingers generate warmth when they touch each other.
- Always wear a hat to protect against heat loss since about 30% of body
heat loss is through the head.
To avoid slips and falls, weqr boots that
- If you use a cane, replace the rubber tip before it is worn smooth or it
will become slippery especilly when it gets wet.
- Keep your thermostat set to at least 65 degrees to prevent
- When the temperature remains at 65, even if you are not at home, you can
help to prevent freezing pipes by maintaining a high enough temperature within
- Outdoor winter tasks such a shoveling snow take more energy than most
people think, especially because cold weather puts an added strain on the
heart. If you go out to shovel snow, do a few stretching exercises to warm up
the body. Also take frequent breaks.
Don't Forget Your
- Try to keep dogs and cats indoors during the winter, especialy when it is
- Make sure all of your pets wear collars with your current contact
information on indenification tags.
- If you walk your dog on sidewalks that have bee treated with De-icer, make
sure to wash the dog's paws when you get home; chemicals can irritate the
- Most outdoor pets need to be brought inside when the weather turns really
cold. The ones that can stay outdoors should be given shelter that is warm and
dry, plus additional food for extra energy.
- Make sure all animals hae access to clean, fresh water that is not
- Brush their coats freuently to prevent moisture from collecting.