Stay safe in cold weather!

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). Being outside in the cold, or even being in a very cold house, can lead to hypothermia. Hypothermia is what happens when your body temperature gets very low.

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