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Winter is fast approaching and recently the AGS Foundation For Health in Aging published some helpful tips to stay safe during the winter.
To avoid hypothermia:
Know the warning signs of hypothermia: lots of shivering; cold skin that is pale or ashy; feeling very tired, confused and sleepy; feeling weak; problems walking; slowed breathing or heart rate.
Note: Don’t rely on shivering alone as a warning sign, since older people tend to shiver less, or not at all, even as their body temperature drops. Call 911 if you think you or someone else has hypothermia.
Stay indoors when it’s very cold outside, especially if it’s also very windy; and keep indoor temperatures at about 65 degrees.
Injury while shoveling snow:
As the temperature beings to drop your heart has to work harder to keep you warm. Increasing the workload on your heart by shoveling snow could put a dangerous strain on it. Therefore consult your physician first if you have a heart condition to see if it is safe. If not, there are plenty of neighborhood kids looking to make some quick money so hire them to do the hard work!
Fires and carbon monoxide poisoning:
Safety while Driving:
For more information and other tips:
These and other tips from the AGS Foundation for Health in Aging can be read online at http://www.healthinaging.org/public_education/wintersafety_tips.php.