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Baby, 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. The body’s ability to maintain a constant temperature diminishes with age, and certain diseases and conditions make controlling the body’s temperature even more difficult. Cold weather brings an increased risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Watch for these signs when you’re out in the cold this winter:

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

If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from hypothermia, call 911 immediately.

Avoid going out during storms or when the temperature is very low, and keep your home warm, even when you’re out. Coming home to a warm home is an easy way to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. If you must go out, keep your head covered; wear sturdy, insulated boots; and wear layers of clothing.

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