FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 25, 2000
Contact: Suzanne Lewis
When Jack Frost Howls, Take Cover Even Indoors Hypothermia Alert for Older People Disease
- Find out if you are at risk. Ask your doctor if the prescription or over-the-counter drugs you take can affect body temperature regulation.
- Dress warmly in layers of clothing even when indoors. Hypothermia can occur in bed, so wear warm clothing to bed and use blankets.
- Ask friends or neighbors to look in once or twice a day if you live alone. See if your local community has a telephone check-in or personal visit service.
- Use alcohol moderately, if at all. And avoid alcohol altogether near bedtime.
- Eat hot foods and drink hot liquids to raise your body temperature and keep warm.
- Set the thermostat in your home at least 68°F - 70°F in living or sleeping areas. Ask your doctor if you should set your thermostat higher.
- Look into fuel-assistance programs and home winterization programs. Your local utility company or area office on aging often has an assistance program.
For a list of free brochures and booklets about aging and health topics of interest to older people, call the NIA Information Center at (800) 222-2225, or visit the
NIA website: http://www.nih.gov/nia.
Dr. Terrie Wetle is available to discuss hypothermia and aging. If you'd like to arrange for an interview call Suzanne Lewis at (301) 496-1752.