New Silk Women’s Silk Top & Bottom Thermal Underwear Sets (Medium, Beige)Keeping the elderly warm in winter is an age-old dilemma. Our senior friends usually like a room temperature in the middle 70F range while younger folks (myself included) prefer the mid the high 60s. Because of the lack of disconnect between our internal thermometers, I spent a lot of time buying and dressing Mom in layers.
Dressing the elderly in layers comes with its challenges including trying to peel off the layers in time for a bathroom trip. Even dressing Mom after a warm bath could take an additional 30 minutes of our valuable time.
I realized that God had a sense of humor when I entered menopause during the time Mom lived with me…Keeping mom warm while keeping me cool was a work in progress. But, I got it figured out. Here’s how I did it:
Select Warm Silk Underwear For A Base Layer
Everyone knows that dressing in layers is one of the best ways to conserve body heat. But, not everyone knows that silk underwear is one of the best base layers when dressing in layers.
Silk underwear should fit snugly to the body but not tightly – no sense shutting down the circulation in the quest to keep Grandma warm. Silk underwear is perfect to even layer under a nightgown or set of pajamas for extra warmth at night. For nighttime though, I usually only added a layer of a silk top under Mom’s nightgown. Putting her in silk pants at night would have spelled disaster…..
Terramar Ladies Silk Long Underwear Pants (Natural XL)Indera – Womens Thermal Long John Top 5000LS, White 23481-X-LargeTerramar Men’s Thermasilk Filament Pant (Black, Large)Terramar Men’s Thermasilk Filament Crew (Black, Large)Terramar Sports Women’s Thermasilk Jersey V-Neck S Natural
Add A Layer Of Warm Pajamas or a Light Sweater
My Mom wore soft, warm flannel pajamas year round. Each wash brought additional warmth. During the summer, she’d don a flannel nightgown! That’s fine for nighttime, but, for our daytime outings, I’d add a light sweater. Cashmere was a nice choice, albeit, an expensive choice but worth it. Mom was never cold.
Del Rossa Women’s 100% Cotton Flannel Pajama Set – Long Pjs, Large Purple and Pink Plaid (A0509P74LG)BIADANI Women Classic Soft Long Sleeve Open Front Cardigan SweaterWomen’s Thermal Underwear Set Top & Bottom Fleece Lined, W1 Black, MediumEspada Men’s Cozy Fleece Pajama Set, #91157_Black Checker_LargeHanes Men`s Flannel Pajamas,0140/0140X,3XL,Buffalo CheckIZOD Men’s Long Sleeve Essential Solid V-Neck Sweater, Light Grey Heather
Top Her Off With A Layer Of A Warm Shawl Or A Bedjacket
Here’s a few of the best selling shawls and bed jackets on this site. To see more, check out my post
Warm Things Quilted Down Bed JacketCasual Moments Womens Bed Jacket With Shawl Collar, Light Pink, X-LargeCasual Moments Women’s Bed Jacket-Peter Pan Collar, White, SmallLa Cera Flannel Bed Jacket, Ivory, LargeLarge Pashmina 78×28Reversible Paisley Pashmina Shawl Wrap in Elegant Colors (Purple)Saferin Extra Large 78Elegant Soft Luxurious Pashmina Cashmere Wrap shawl stole From Peach Couture (Maroon)High Style 100% Lambswool Women Solid Oversized Large Scarf Shawl (WinterWhite)
Top Him Off With A Nice Scarf and Stocking Cap
Your Grandpa might not want to wear a pashmina shawl around his shoulders but a large scarf should make him happy. Also, Infinity scarves work well for men and women. Add a stocking cap and you’ll have a happy (and warm) senior citizen friend.
Williams Cashmere Men’s Ribbed Scarf, Chrome, One SizeFishers Finery 100% Cashmere Mens Scarf, Luxury Gift for Men (Red) Size One SizeFishers Finery 100 % Pure Cashmere Cable Knit Hat, Super Soft, Luxury Gift (Gray)Fishers Finery 100% Pure Cashmere Beanie – Black
Warm Socks Keep Elderly Feet More Comfortable – Make Sure You Buy Socks With Gripper Bottoms Though!
Mom shunned slippers, vastly preferring grippy bottom socks. We had fun with patterns and colors to make her wardrobe have some personality. You can see more grippy bottom socks
Keep Fingers Warm (and Dexterious) With Fingerless Gloves
I found fingerless gloves when I had the need to keep my fingers warm while typing. These gloves worked so well that I bought a pair of the long fingerless gloves for Mom. She loved them!
Here’s some nice fingerless gloves on Amazon.com. You can see more selection by clicking my article link: Fingerless gloves.
Metog Suede Thinsulate Thermal Insulation Mittens ,Gloves (M,100g, Beige White)Black Unisex Warm Half Finger Stretchy Knit GlovesNovawo Women’s Scale Design Winter Warm Knitted Long Arm Warmers Gloves Mittens (Black)Allegra K Dark Gray Fingerless Elastic Winter Thick Arm Warmers Gloves for LadiesAlki’i 3M Thinsulate Thermal Insulation Fingerless Texting Gloves with Mitten Cover – GreyNovawo Women’s Hand Crochet Winter Warm Fingerless Arm Warmers Gloves, BlackBeechfield Unisex Plain Basic Fingerless Winter Gloves (S/M) (Charcoal)Gravity Threads Unisex Warm Half Finger Stretchy Knit Gloves – Black