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Cold Weather Tips for the Elderly11/23/2015

Cold Weather Tips for the Elderly

This winter season the elderly in particular may be vulnerable and at risk for developing hypothermia, a deadly condition caused by a drop in body temperature. The best way to prevent hypothermia is to stay warm.

 Here are some tips to ensure your safety this season:

 Keep your home comfortably heated.

  • Wear several layers of loose clothing. Tight layers of clothing can keep your blood from flowing freely, which can lead to loss of body heat.
  • Wear a windproof and waterproof coat or jacket if you plan to be outdoors.
  • If your hands and feet are cold, put on a hat. This causes your body to send more warm blood to our hands and feet.
  • Use a scarf to cover your neck.
  • At night, use hot water bottles, heating pads and electric blankets to help keep you warm.

Council on Aging of West Florida is accepting donations of heaters and blankets for the elderly. Heaters must be NEW and in the box. Blankets should be NEW or in "like new" condition. Please drop off your donations at the Council on Aging office located at 875 Royce Street in Pensacola between the hours of 8am and 5pm, or call (850) 432-1475 for more information.

Council on Aging of West Florida is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that has served seniors and their families since 1972. Council on Aging of West Florida helps seniors in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties live healthy, safe and independent lives in their own familiar surroundings by providing community-based, in-home programs and services such as Meals on Wheels and Alzheimer's respite care.


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