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Date:1/7/2009

t and a scarf. "Stay dry and go inside and change if clothes get wet," she said. "Also go inside if you start shivering."
  • Know your body's response to cold may have changed. As metabolism decreases, older adults produce less body heat. So when you go outside in the cold, you can lose body heat quickly. If you have diabetes, there can be circulation changes in the hands and feet, making it more difficult to tolerate cold temperatures.


  • SOURCES: Sharon Brangman, M.D., member, American Geriatrics Society, and division chief, geriatrics, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.; Barbara Resnick, Ph.D, board member, American Geriatrics Society, professor of nursing, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore


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