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Baby it’s cold outside! Prevent frostbite and hypothermia.

Winter is one of the most beautiful and joyous seasons of the year. Seeing family during the holidays and enjoying a wonderful snowfall can bring much happiness and cheer to the cold months. But winter can also be dangerous, especially for older adults. Because it’s cold outside the risk of frostbite and hypothermia is greatly increased. ldren, stay on the lookout for signs of hypothermia. These signs include:

As we age our body’s ability to maintain a constant temperature is diminished, and certain diseases and conditions may make controlling the body’s temperature even more difficult. As you spend time enjoying winter activities such as skating, skiing, and building snowmen with your grandchildren, stay on the lookout for signs of hypothermia. These signs include:

  • Shivering
  • Loss of motor control
  • Cold skin
  • Discoloration of ears, fingers, nose or toes
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Speech difficulties

Although winter can be dangerous, it’s important to remain active. Take steps now to prepare for the winter months and enjoy them safely. There are many ways to be safe this winter:

  • Avoid going out during storms or when the temperature is very low.
  • Keep your home warm, even when you are out. Coming home to a warm home is an easy way to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
  • If you think you or a loved one is suffering from hypothermia, call 911 immediately.

For further information please visit:

Administration on Aging Health Related Resources
http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Preparedness/Resources_Individuals/Health_Resources.aspx

National Institute on Aging: Stay safe in cold weather!
http://www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/staysafe/

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Last Modified: 12/31/1600

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