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Stay Safe in Cold Weather!

What is hypothermia?

Older man reading book in front of stoveIf you are like most people, you feel cold every now and then during the winter. What you may not know is that just being really cold can make you very sick.

Older adults can lose body heat fast—faster than when they were young. A big chill can turn into a dangerous problem before an older person even knows what’s happening. Doctors call this serious problem hypothermia (hi-po-ther-mee-uh).

Hypothermia is what happens when your body temperature gets very low. For an older person, a body temperature colder than 95 degrees can cause many health problems such as a heart attack, kidney problems, liver damage, or worse.

Being outside in the cold, or even being in a very cold house, can lead to hypothermia. You can take steps to lower your chance of getting hypothermia.

Read this booklet for tips on how to stay safe when it's cold outside. Share it with your family and friends.

This booklet will tell you:

  • what it means to have hypothermia
  • how to stay warm and prevent hypothermia
  • warning signs of hypothermia

 

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Última actualización: Marzo 24, 2014