By: Wendy Drastal, RN
Vice President, HomeCare, Inc., a home care provider in the Merrimack Valley, Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. To learn more visit their web site at www.HomeCareInc.org.
The cold and snowy winter months can be challenging for many people. A trip outside, even for a brief errand, can be both difficult and dangerous. The winter can be especially treacherous for the elderly, who are at risk for broken bones from falls on ice, breathing problems caused by cold air, hypothermia and frost bite. Many hold less body heat due to a slower metabolism and reduced physical activity, so they feel the cold more severely. And, as people age, the ability to feel changes in temperature decreases, making it important for elders to monitor the house temperature and to dress in layers.
For the elderly, the winter months can also be long and lonely. With the…
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