Self-help: Avoiding Hypothermia in Elderly People

Elderly people are particularly susceptible to hypothermia. If you are elderly, you should take care to protect yourself against the cold. The following measures may help:

The following measures may help:

  • Keep all your windows closed in cold weather.

  • Install an easy-to-read wall thermometer. The temperature in the room where you spend most of your time should be at least 20°C (68°F).

  • Make sure that your home is warm before getting out of bed in the morning.

  • Have at least one hot meal and several hot drinks each day.

  • Try to move around at least hourly to create your own heat.

  • Wear several layers of clothing to trap warm air.

  • Wear a hat to prevent loss of body heat through the scalp.

  • If your clothes get wet, change into dry clothes as soon as possible to prevent the moisture in the clothes from conducting heat away from the body.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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