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Tips for Keeping Warm in the Winter

Everyone is susceptible to the chill of winter, but it can be chillier for seniors.

Older adults tend to lose body warmth more quickly, and changes in your body that accompany aging can make it harder for you to recognize the dangers of getting cold, such as the risk of hypothermia.

Hypothermia can occur indoors if temperatures aren’t monitored closely

Whether you live in a house, apartment complex, nursing facility, or other residence, make sure the temperature is sufficient and comfortable.

Here are a few hints for keeping warm while you're inside:

Keep the thermostat around at least 68–70°F

To save on heating bills, close off rooms you are not using by closing vents and shutting doors to these rooms. If you have a cellar, keep the cellar entry shut.

Ensure your home isn't losing heat through windows

Keep your blinds and shades shut.

Dress comfortably on cool days

Toss a cover over your legs. Wear socks and shoes.

When in bed

Wear long clothing and use extra blankets if needed.

Eat sufficient amounts of healthy foods

Keep up your weight. If you don’t eat well, you could lose some body fat, which is crucial to staying warm in the winter.


Coury, Michael. “5 Tips for Seniors to Stay Warm This Winter.” Generations Senior Living, 5 Feb. 2016, www.generationshcm.com/blog/2016/02/5-tips-for-seniors-to-stay-warm-this-winter.

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Updated October 1, 2022