Stay Warm: Your Life Could Depend on It
by Amy Scholten, MPH
With winter comes the risk of hypothermia. Hypothermia is below-normal body temperature. It can be life-threatening if not treated right away.
Risk Increases as You Age
Older adults have an increased risk for hypothermia. As people age, it can be harder to keep warm in the cold. Inactivity, illness, and certain medicines make it even harder to stay warm. Learn the signs of hypothermia. The sooner treatment starts, the better the outcome.
Early signs of hypothermia include:
Late signs of hypothermia may include:
If you think a loved one may have hypothermia, call for medical help right away.
Tips to Help Stay Warm
To help prevent hypothermia:
National Institute on Aging
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Cold weather safety for older adults National Institute on Aging website. Available at: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/cold-weather-safety-older-adults. Accessed October 18, 2021.
Hypothermia. Johns Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/hypothermia. Accessed October 18, 2021.
Last reviewed October 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Last Updated: 10/18/2021
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