Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Risk for Older People – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Experts say it’s important to realize that older people, especially those with chronic diseases like diabetes, can develop hypothermia even in environments that for younger people would just seem chilly.
Dr. Guralnik: There are instances where people, even in the home, have developed hypothermia when the thermostat was set in the low 60s.
Narrator: Dr. Jack Guralnik with the National Institute on Aging says hypothermia is when a person's body temperature drops below normal.
Dr. Guralnik: Make sure you take people to the warmest room in the house. If they’re outdoors, bring them into a warm room and keep a close eye on them until medical help arrives.
Narrator: For details on symptoms and risks of hypothermia, visit www.nia.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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