This weather can be dangerous, especially for our older community

The older you get the harder it is for your body to retain heat. This means that many older people are more prone to getting hypothermia when it gets cold out.

Posted: Feb. 9, 2019 5:11 PM
Updated: Feb. 11, 2019 5:38 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It’s warm one day and then, cold. The weather changes so much it can be hard on your body, especially, for the older community.

''The seniors in our community are especially vulnerable,” said IU Health Arnett Senior Physician Doug Greeson. “The chilly, wet, windy weather like we are having can have harmful effects''

The change in weather can happen so quick, it leaves their bodies playing catchup.

''They are going to have difficulty adjusting in all their body systems,” said Greeson

That’s why much of the senior community should prepare.

''Doing the shopping ahead of time, or checking on an older person daily to see if their needs are met is very important," Greeson added.

Senior Janice Robinett does everything she can to stay ahead of this cold blast.

''Bundle up and we even close off some rooms, and turn off the radiators,” said Robinett.

Greeson said being out in the cold for too long raises some dangerous risk, even with a coat on

''They tend to lose body heat more readily,” said Greeson. “They tend to be more susceptible to hypothermia, body and internal organ damage because of chronic medical conditions and sometimes medication.''

Being cold doesn't just raise a risk of hypothermia, it can also change how one thinks.

''It can cause more mental confusion,” said IU Health Arnett Nurse Practitioner Jean Kolp. “If their body temperature goes down that can be very scary for them.”

It’s also important to note that drinking coffee isn’t a good way to stay warm. Coffee can actually dehydrate your body. This tip can apply to anyone. Drinking water and staying hydrated can reduce your risk of having a cold weather related issue.

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