Older adults are much more vulnerable to developing hypothermia. With the weather forecast showing the coldest temperatures we have seen in Northeast Ohio in over 20 years, we all need to be looking out for each other.
Elderly persons may not be aware they are becoming cold as readily as younger people, and their bodies may not adjust to changes in temperature. Please check on your elderly family members and friends.
Some ways you can help:
- Check in with them frequently - before the bad weather and during
- Ask if there is anything you can do for them - take out their trash, take their dog for a walk - shovel their walkway
- If you are headed to the store, ask if you can get them anything
- Be observant. Have you seen your neighbor, lights on at night, mailbox empty each day?
Be sure they:
- Arrange a daily check in from a family member or friend
- All windows and doors are properly insulated
- Wear warm clothing
- Have extra blankets
- Plenty of food
It only takes a few moments to help.