Older people need to be wary of cold

When the temperature plummets, seniors are more at risk for suffering hypothermia than the rest of the population, according to the National Institute on Aging. Hypothermia, or low body temperature, is more than just a mild discomfort. It can cause serious damage to your heart, liver and kidneys, even death.
The NIA is offering a free booklet, "Stay Safe in Cold Weather," which can help seniors and their loved ones spot the warning signs of hypothermia. The booklet offers tips and cautionary tales. For example, the NIA warns that many seniors, in an attempt to cut their heating bills, lower their thermostat to dangerous levels. The booklet says not to lower the thermostat below 68 degrees.
You can get a copy by calling the NIA at (800) 222-2225. If you are a physician who treats many elderly patients or the administrator of a senior center, the agency will send bulk copies.

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