|New, Easy-to-Read Booklet Offers Cold-Weather Tips for
A new, easy-to-read booklet — Stay Safe in Cold Weather! — offers
older adults tips on avoiding a dangerous condition called hypothermia.
This free 12-page publication is now available from the National
Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the National Institutes of
"Older adults can lose body heat faster than when they were young,
and some health problems and medicines can make it harder for them
to stay warm," says NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D.";This booklet
describes hypothermia and offers simple steps seniors can take
to lower their risk of this sometimes life-threatening health concern."
Hypothermia (hi-po-ther-mee-uh) occurs when a person's body temperature
drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit because of exposure to cold,
either indoors or outside. Low body temperature can cause heart
attack, kidney problems, liver damage and sometimes death. According
to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about
600 people in the United States, half of them age 65 or older,
die from hypothermia each year.
Stay Safe in Cold Weather! is written in plain language
and incorporates colorful graphic elements and other features to
help readers understand the content. In creating the new booklet,
the NIA publications team talked with older adults and considered
the needs of people with limited reading skills.
Stay Safe in Cold Weather! discusses topics such as:
- What hypothermia is
- How to prevent hypothermia, both in the home and outdoors
- Health problems that can increase an older person's risk of
- Warning signs
To order free copies or for more information about Stay Safe
in Cold Weather! and other NIA publications, visit the NIA
Web site at www.nia.nih.gov or
call 1-800-222-2225. Bulk orders are welcome.
The NIA leads the federal effort supporting and conducting
research on aging and the medical, social and behavioral issues
of older people.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit www.nih.gov.