As the region braces for some of the coldest weather of the winter, Gardant Management Solutions reminds you to be safe and stay warm this season.
Older adults are among those who are especially vulnerable to winter weather because of a diminished ability to endure long periods of exposure to cold temperatures. Older adults often make less body heat because their metabolisms are slower and they are less physically active. Certain diseases such as diabetes, thyroid problems, Parkinson’s Disease, and arthritis, and some medications, including over-the-counter cold remedies, can make it harder for your body to stay warm.
Some older adults can even develop hypothermia after exposure to relatively mild cold weather or a small drop in temperature.
With hypothermia, your body temperature drops to dangerously low levels. Among older adults, significant health problems can occur when the body temperature drops below 95 degrees. Hypothermia can cause a heart attack, problems with your kidneys, and damage to your liver. It can cost you your life.
Signs of Hypothermia
Pale skin, cold feet and hands.
Puffy or swollen face.
Slower speech, slurring words.
Anger or confusion.
Trouble walking or moving.
Stiff or jerky arm or leg movements.
Slow, irregular heart beat.
Slow, shallow breathing.
Blacking out, loss of consciousness.
If you think someone has signs of hypothermia, call 911 and get medical attention immediately.
Until medical help arrives, get the person into a warm room or shelter. Wrap the person in a blanket. Warm the center of the body first. Do not rub the person’s arms or legs, do not use a heating pad, and do not try to warm the person in a bath.
Also, keep in mind that Gardant communities will serve as warming centers. If you know a senior or an individual with disabilities who needs a place to warm up, encourage them to stop by one of our communities. Visit our Locate a Community page to find one of our buildings near you.