Posted on Oct 16, 2015 | Comments (0)
Dressing for Cooler Weather and Home Care for Seniors
Fall weather can be tricky to prepare for when it comes to figuring out what to wear. With cooler temps in the mornings and warmer afternoons, what worked earlier may be too hot to wear later in the day. This is why it’s best to dress in layers in the fall. The chillier temperatures in the morning might call for a light sweatshirt over a tee and maybe even a thin coat. As the mercury rises through the day, sometimes up twenty degrees, the layers can be easily shed. This will help to stay cool during the heat of the day when it’s warmer. As the sun sets, the extra layers will be handy to throw back on to ward off the chill in the air.
Dressing for cooler weather doesn’t have to mean pulling out the heavy parkas and winter gloves just yet. Simply wearing a button up shirt with a light cardigan will be enough to feel warmer in the morning. As the day wears on, the cardigan can be removed and sleeves rolled up on the shirt. The layering allows for adjusting with the raising temperatures during an average fall day.
While simple layering may be fine for dressing for most people, some elderly are more easily chilled with lower temperatures and might need to think about wearing more clothing during cooler fall days. If your elderly loved one is taking any medications that thin their blood, they likely to feel cold more often than not. If venturing outdoors is on the agenda, suggest they wear some sort of hat to keep more warmth in the body. Have your elderly loved one dress in layers and include an extra layer more than usual. It’s better to have items to remove than to be chilly and wish for more warmth. It also doesn’t hurt to bring a small blanket to throw on your loved one’s lap for added warmth in the chillier part of the morning and evening.
Fall can get pretty rainy at times. When dressing for the cooler weather, it also important to think of potential rainfall. Bring along a raincoat and an umbrella for any pop-up storms that can accompany the changing of seasons. The best way to dress for cooler weather is to be prepared for anything. Layers, raingear, comfortable shoes, and an extra blanket are all very helpful and allow for modifications in warmth depending on what the unpredictable fall season can bring.
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