Cold Weather and Older Adults

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January 30, 2019

two older adults in the snow

Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults

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.

How to Prevent Frostbite and Hypothermia

If you work or play outside during the winter, you need to know how cold affects your body. Being active in the cold can put you at risk for problems such as hypothermia and frostbite.


Preparing for Winter Weather Emergencies

Snowstorms and extremely cold weather can be very hazardous to older adults. Are you prepared for a winter-related emergency? MedlinePlus can assist you in preparing with our winter weather emergencies health topic page.


Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety

This handy guide from the CDC can help you prepare for times of extremely cold weather. What you'll need, how to stay safe and warm, and how to avoid winter-related injuries.


Stay Safe When Exercising in Cold Weather

Exercise has benefits all year, even during winter. But before you brave the cold, take a few extra steps to stay safe.


Chicken Picadillo

Looking for a meal that’s easy to throw together on a busy night? Try our healthy recipe for Chicken Picadillo.