Extreme weather conditions can make anyone miserable, but our elderly friends and loved ones are especially vulnerable when the temperatures drop and the world is covered in ice. The “wintery mix” we are experiencing now can be dangerous for seniors. If you know or care for an older person, it’s important to help them stay safe and warm.
Some things we know make it harder for them – like the older body’s reduced ability to regulate body temperature. But cold weather is even harder when there are chronic health conditions, poor nutrition, or dehydration. There is also a tendency to value frugality over comfort and safety. Many seniors don’t heat their homes adequately so they can save money.
Especially if you know elderly people living alone, get out and check on them.
- Make sure they are eating enough and drinking water or other hydrating liquids.
- Try and get them to get up and move around, even if its just doing a few chores. The physical activity can help.
- Check that they are dressed warmly and have the heat high enough to keep them safe and warm.
- If you suspect they are dangerously cold or suffering in some way, contact their health care provider.
Greene County Home Healthcare is another important resource to keep in mind. There are lots of options for seniors to keep their independence, and a home health nurse or aide can help maintain a higher quality of life for them. If you know an elderly person during this frigid weather, check on them. If they aren’t doing well, suggest a call to Greene County Home Healthcare. (812) 847-9496
Stay safe and warm out there!
This article is provided for information only and is neither advice nor a substitute for proper medical care. Consult a qualified healthcare professional who understands your particular history for individual concerns.