Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Risk for Older People – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Older adults can develop hypothermia in environments that might not affect younger people. Dr. Jack Guralnik at the National Institute on Aging says symptoms can include confusion or sleepiness, slowed or slurred speech, shivering or stiffness in the arms and legs, weak pulse, poor control over body movements, or slow reactions.
Dr. Guralnik: If you can remember mumbles, stumbles, fumbles and grumbles, those four -umbles can help you recognize when hypothermia’s there but people’s behavior and ability to function definitely changes as they develop hypothermia.
Narrator: Hypothermia occurs when a person's body temperature drops below normal and stays low for a prolonged period of time. For more information, 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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