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My wife and I are both 73 and she has dementia. I am her caregiver. One of my biggest problems is that she is always cold. The only time she is not cold is when she is in bed or riding in the car. It can be 85 out and she is cold. In the winter I don’t think I could heat the house up enough to keep her warm. In winter she has her winter coats on with it 76 in the house. Any suggestions on keeping her warm?

Make sure she's eating enough calories............calories = heat, not enough calories = not enough body heat. Hot water bottles help, warm socks on the feet, down products like a throw and down booties are AMAZING! Look on Amazon for them:

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On the layering end of things, first dress her in a thermal undershirt, then a flannel shirt, then a down vest. Once you cover her up with a down throw, she may start sweating :) If not, add a space heater right by her chair and a small air conditioner next to yours!!!

Good luck!
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I like the hat idea - you lose a lot of heat through your head. And maybe a heated blanket? One of those heated things you can put your feet in? Hot shower? Hot bath?

It is a common malady with the elderly, especially women and especially more if sedentary.
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Dress her in layers - always with an undershirt and warm socks. Have you mentioned this to her doctor? She may have thyroid problems or be anemic or borderline diabetic, all of which can be discovered with a simple blood test.
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Circulation varies for each of us but when we can no longer regularily exercise we get quite cold. Think of those times you left the comfortable house to walk the dog, got your circulation going and returned to what feels like an oven. Same temp. Just you. Get some feather tick lapsize things and just let her cuddle up with them. Often a fleecy robe put on backwards helps if sitting in a chair, as front and arms are covered. A knit cap will keep the heat trapped in as well. It works wonders, if not particularly attractive.
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