Infographic – How to Prevent Hypothermia in Older People

Posted By: Stella Pike | March 27, 2018

Even though winter has been and gone, cold days and evenings remain, which makes it all too easy to catch colds and flu – and that’s if you’re lucky. A cold or flu is not desirable, but it would be far worse to succumb to hypothermia, which is when your body temperature dips well below its normal level. Hypothermia accelerates the risk of severe health problems like heart failure and kidney damage, risks that are even more acute for senior citizens whose immune systems are likely to have weakened over time.

Unless the weather is nice and fine, it’s crucial that seniors stay warm both indoors and out. A good start is to keep their residence consistently warm, whether that’s through lighting an open fire, switching on the heating for a few hours or keeping windows and doors closed so that heat doesn’t escape. Also, the more layers of clothing you wear, the better. If hats, gloves or jackets are necessitated indoors to keep the body warm, keep them on.

While seniors should try to get outdoors most days, even if only briefly, it’s not such a good idea to go outside if the weather is very cold. If there’s ice, frost or snow out, then it’s imperative to remain indoors. Cold weather raises the possibility of catching a cold or flu; ice on the ground could turn a driveway into a death trap, especially for people whose balance may not be the greatest anyway.

Infographics - Prevent hypothermia in older people

This infographic from Home Healthcare Adaptations advises on how you can keep elderly relatives comfortable and warm so that the threat of hypothermia is kept at bay.