Elder Care in Cedar Grove, NJ: Helps Seniors Find the Right Clothing for Winter Weather

Fall is ending and winter weather will be here shortly.  In fact, most of the country has already felt the chill of winter in the air with the first major winter storm of the season.  While some of us dread cold weather, wintertime is a wonderful time of the year for seniors.  From beautiful snowfalls to wonderful holiday gatherings, when the two combine for a white Christmas, it is divine.  While the elderly may want to enjoy the holidays outside with family, it is vitally important that they are dressed properly for the occasion.

As we age, we do become less tolerant of temperature changes.  Sometimes retirees even migrate to warmer climates such as Texas and Florida for part of the year.  We affectionately call these people, “snow birds”, but not all seniors want to leave their homes for six months out of the year.  Dressing appropriately for winter is important for Elder Care in Cedar Grove, NJcomfort.  Sometimes, seniors need a little help finding clothes to keep them warm (and fashionable).  Seniors may not stay warm because some may lack access to appropriate clothing.

Seniors also may not realize the need for increased layers.  Aging and taking certain medications like blood thinners make a senior less tolerant of cold weather.  You may have noticed the senior you care for does not use an air conditioner in the summer.  They do, however, seem to be very comfortable even though you start sweating the minute you walk into the house.  While it may feel like it is one million degrees in their home, the average senior should be comfortable with temperatures about 30 degrees higher than a healthy, young adult.  This translates into about one extra layer of clothing or one extra blanket.

If you are a healthy adult and are comfortable in a room with a long sleeve shirt on, it would be advisable that the senior would need a long sleeve shirt and sweater.  If you are sleeping in the home and need one blanket to make you warm and comfortable, you might offer the senior an extra blanket (to equal 2) to make them comfortable.  Most seniors already have enough blankets and clothing for the winter months; however, these items may not be readily available when they feel cold.

Perhaps their winter clothes were stored out of the way to make room for summer clothes.  Maybe they are hanging too high in the closet for them to reach.  Making warm sweaters, jackets, and blankets readily available can increase a senior’s comfort during the winter months.  Remember, because of aging and common medications taken by seniors, they will start feeling the need for warmer clothing earlier in the season than you would.  You might not be ready to trade in your shorts and flip-flops in early September, but chances are, those who are aging might be more than ready.  Staying aware of these differences will make helping seniors to stay warm and healthy during the winter an easy job.

For Elder Care Services in Cedar Grove, NJ Area call 973-287-4718, Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Cedar Grove, Verona, Little Falls, Belleville, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic

About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.