Saturday, October 17, 2009

Keeping warm with a dowagers hump

Like many elderly people, my mom is always cold. She always had cold hands and feet and wore extra socks and gloves to keep warm. Now, at 89, she has a new problem - a dowagers hump. She is quite bent over which makes finding clothes difficult. Lately, I've bought a couple of hooded fleece jackets that seem to help. Her stooped posture and the added "hump" mean that many of her shirts and blouses pull down on the neckline. This leaves a lot of room exposed and she feels cold on the back of her neck. The hoods give some extra fabric that she can pull forward to keep her neck warm. It's not the best solution but it's one of a few tricks we use to keep her comfortable.