Having dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can mean vulnerability to cold weather. A drop in body temperature, called hypothermia, can be deadly if not treated quickly. Mild hypothermia can happen anywhere, even where a house is too cool. Learn the steps a caregiver should take to prevent it.
Almost everyone knows about winter dangers for people with a dementia such as Alzheimer’s. These include broken bones from falls on ice or breathing problems caused by cold air. But, not everyone realizes that cold weather can also lower the temperature inside your body. Hypothermia can happen anywhere—not just outside and not just in northern states. In fact, some older people can have a mild form of hypothermia if the temperature in their home is too cool.
So, how do you stay safe?
- Check the weather forecasts for windy and cold weather. Try to stay inside or in a warm place on cold and windy days. If you have to go out, wear warm clothes including a hat and gloves.
- Try to stay away from cold places. Changes in your body that come with aging can make it harder for you to be aware of getting cold.
- Wear several layers of loose clothing when it’s cold. The layers will trap warm air between them.
- Make sure you eat enough food to keep up your weight. If you don’t eat well, you might have less fat under your skin. Body fat helps you to stay warm.
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