Many of us develop a sensitivity to temperature due to our metabolic rate as we age. The metabolic rate refers to how fast food is converted into usable energy in our bodies. Ergo, in the winter months, older individuals tend to feel colder – it’s a change related to age. In summer, excessive heat and humidity can also cause issues in aging adults.
Here, you will find some information relating to the appropriate room temperature for seniors. With that kind of information, hopefully, you can better care for your loved one by maintaining a more agreeable indoor comfort level.
For older individuals, home temperature issues can occur just like they do during the coldest months of the year. This is particularly the case if excessively high air conditioning settings are used in the home. Studies have shown that in retirement age individuals, the risk of falling increases in colder indoor environments!
However, serious health impacts – as well as negative influences on a person’s well-being and comfort – can also be experienced in an environment that is too humid and hot. When it’s warm, if exposed to indoor conditions that are too hot and humid, the risk of heatstroke and heat stress are elevated for adults over 65. If these people are baking, exercising, etc., the problem can become even worse.
In the warmer months of the year, keeping your thermostat set at approximately 78° is advisable. It can always be adjusted marginally for more comfort.
Body heat is lost at an accelerated rate in retirement age adults. For this reason, and more, carefully monitor winter conditions indoors to make sure that the temperature setting is appropriate. What’s recommended? Between 70°F and 68°F is usually a good place to start. Be careful not to dry out the indoor air by setting the temperature too high. If this is a concern, consider using a humidifier.
During the winter months, you can also help your aging loved one feel warmer by doing the following:
- Encourage them to stay hydrated
- Serve healthy foods to help them maintain an ideal body weight
- Make sure that extra blankets are always available
- Properly seal all doors and windows
- Home insulation should be checked and improved if needed
Comfort and Care for Retirees at Conservatory At Keller Town Center
If you are retired and living on your own, will you be interested in moving into a retirement community that is comfortable, well-kept, and full of amenities? Active retirees can enjoy independent living services and numerous amenities at Conservatory At Keller Town Center.
Every one of our residents enjoys concierge service. Complimentary housekeeping is included when you move into our resort-style apartments that come with fully equipped kitchens. Feel free to customize your two-bedroom or one-bedroom floor plan. In each unit, air conditioning and heating are controlled by the resident. This helps ensure the comfort and enjoyment of your home in our community. What’s more, you may also have access to a garage or covered porch, depending on the location of your apartment. To learn more about our programs, call us at 682-688-9753 today!