Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Preventing Hypothermia
December 12, 2019
Baby, It’s Cold Outside! When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite, and falls in ice and snow. Like most things in life, it is better to be prepared. Here are a few precautions everyone should take, especially older adults, during the winter.
Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature drops to a dangerous level. Your body temperature can drop when you are out in the cold for an extended time because it begins to lose heat quickly. Older adults are at an increased risk of hypothermia due to changes that happen to your body with aging.
Warning Signs: cold skin that is pale or ashy; feeling very tired, confused and sleepy; feeling weak; problems walking; slowed breathing or heart rate. Call 911 if you think you or someone else has hypothermia.
Note: Shivering is not a reliable warning sign because older people tend to shiver less or not at all when their body temperature drops.
Precautions to Take
Stay indoors (or don’t stay outside for very long).
Keep indoor temperature at 65 degrees or warmer.
Stay dry because wet clothing chills your body more quickly.
Dress smart – protect your lungs from cold air. Layer up! Wearing 2 or 3 thinner layers of loose-fitting clothing is warmer than a single layer of thick clothing. Think about getting your thermals!
Essential winter wear: hats, gloves (or preferably mittens), winter coat, boots, and a scarf to cover your mouth and nose.
Stay warm at Abernethy Laurels this winter! Enjoy warm, cozy and comfortable surroundings while sipping on a delicious cup of coffee. Visit our website at www.abernethylaurels.org or call Rob Hartsell to learn more at 828.465.8519.