Elderly people get chilled much easier than younger folks and it's very important to find ways to keep the elderly warm and cozy during all seasons of the year.
There's nothing like three or four thin layers to keep the elderly warm. Start with a silk undershirt as silk is much warmer than cotton. Layer on a blouse or shirt and then a cardigan sweater. As the day or room heats up, just start unpeeling 'em like an onion! They're under there somewhere.
If it's bedtime and you'll looking for ways to keep the elderly warm, you should head over to Bed Bath and Beyond and grab a lightweight down comforter. Get the lightest weight you can find so it's easy for your senior citizen friend to move around the bed at night. Down comforters aren't cheap but they do last for years, especially if you cover it with a duvet cover.
Even younger people will benefit by purchasing one of the new very small, very light throw and tossing it across their lap as they sit in a chair. Throws seem to be all over the place now and come in all types of material such as down, fleece, and knitted. Select a few so that you can vary the look while still keeping the elderly warm.
Be careful on this one; the elderly and heated covers aren't always the best thing. As we age, our ability to feel burns or intense cold diminishes and the elderly might not realize the throw is actually burning them (this is a great reason to always make sure to cover a heating pad in a thick towel before applying to a senior citizen). But, purchase a small heated throw, place it on LOW, and cover your elderly friend's lap. They'll be toasty warm in no time.
You can give the elderly a pair of gloves but, in my experience, it takes FOREVER to get them on as elderly fingers aren't always where you expect them to be due to arthritis. Mittens are MUCH easier for a senior citizen to wear and tend to be warmer as all of the hand is in the same spot. Even a very light pair of mittens can help keep the elderly warm even when sitting and watching TV.
If you're going out, add a hat, always. Thinning hair means that elderly heads get cold faster. And, while you're at it, pile on a scarf for extra warmth around the neck.
Exercise is another great way for everyone to increase their internal heat, too.
These are all great ways to keep the elderly warm and snuggly.
My parents get cold easily, but hate to set their heat high and run up the electric bill. They use the tips you suggest here.
Great list of ways to keep the elderly warm. I understand this fully! Thanks for sharing. H5
Good suggestions, particularly in such a cold winter season in 2011.
I put my night clothes in the dryer to warm them before I go to bed to keep the elderly comfortable. Good h5 list!
Great ways for us all to stay warm. You're so good to your mom!
Escellent list to keep people warm of all ages. I give you so much credit with the patience you have. Great list.
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