Hypothermia is serious and should be attended to immediately. Symptoms include slowed or slurred speech, sleepiness or confusion, shivering or stiffness in arms and legs, poor control over body movements, or a weak pulse.
This is what you can do to prevent hypothermia in the elderly:
1. Keep the home at 68-70 degrees.
2. Layer clothes including long underwear. Wear warm socks and slippers and keep a toasty blanket close at hand. Wear a hat or cap, mittens or gloves and a scarf outdoors.
3. Make sure that your medications don't increase your risk.
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