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Environmental Conditions and Body Temperatures of Elderly Women Living Alone or in Local Authority Home

Br Med J 1971; 4 doi: (Published 11 December 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;4:656
  1. Carmencita B. Salvosa,
  2. P. R. Payne,
  3. Erica F. Wheeler


    The environmental and body temperatures of two groups of elderly women have been measured. One group was living in a local authority home (L.A.H.) and the others in their own homes in North London. The L.A.H. provided a constant environmental temperature which was at all times higher than that of the private houses. In the latter group the ambient temperature was higher in bed-sitting rooms than in houses with separate living rooms and bedrooms.

    Body temperatures in summer were similar throughout both groups. In winter the skin and mouth temperatures of the subjects living independently were lower than those in the L.A.H.

    Four subjects who had low mouth temperatures measured during two consecutive winters did not prove to have lowered deep body temperatures. The diet of these four subjects was similar in respect of all nutrients to that found in other groups of subjects of the same age, and in relation to published dietary standards was adequate in all respects.