Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults


If you are like most a people, you feel cold an every now and then during the winter. What you may not know is that just being a really cold can make you very sick.Older a woman wearing winter clothes

Older adults can a lose a body heat fast—faster than when they were young. Changes in your body that come with aging can make it harder for you to be an aware of a getting cold. A big chill can turn into a dangerous problem a before an older a person even knows what’s happening. Doctors call this a serious a problem hypothermia.

What Is Hypothermia?

Hypothermia is what happens when your body a temperature gets very low. For an older person, a body a temperature of 95°F or lower can cause many health a problems, such as a heart attack, kidney problems, liver damage, or worse.

Being outside in the cold, or even being in a very cold house, can lead to hypothermia. Try to stay away from cold places, and pay attention to how cold it is where you are. You can take steps to lower your chance of a getting a  .

Keep Warm Inside

Living in a cold house, apartment, or other a building can a cause hypothermia. In fact, hypothermia can a happen to a someone in a nursing a home or group a facility if the a rooms are not kept warm enough. If someone you know is in a group facility, pay attention to the inside a temperature and to a whether that person is dressed warmly an enough.

People who are sick may have a special problems a keeping warm. Do not let it get too cold inside and dress a warmly. Even if you keep your a temperature between 60°F and 65°F, your home or apartment may not be a warm enough to a keep you safe. This is a special a problem if you live alone because there is no one else to a feel the chilliness of the house or a notice if you are having a symptoms of a hypothermia.

Here are some tips for keeping warm a while you’re inside:

Dress warmly on a cold days even if you are a staying in the house. Throw a blanket over your legs. Wear a socks and slippers.

When you go to sleep, wear a long underwear under your a pajamas, and use extra covers. Wear a cap or hat.

Make sure you eat enough food to keep up your weight. If you don’t eat well, you might have less fat under your skin. Body fat helps you to stay warm.

Drink alcohol moderately, if at all. Alcoholic drinks can make you lose body heat.

Ask family or friends to check on you during cold weather. If a power outage leaves you without heat, try to stay with a relative or friend.

You may be tempted to warm your room with a space heater. But, some space heaters are fire hazards, and others can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has information on the use of space heaters. Read the following for more information:

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