It’s that time of year again: the nights are drawing in and winter is here. Sadly, each winter 1 older person dies every 7 minutes from the cold weather and many more become seriously ill.
How does the cold affect the health of older people?
You might think that the cold is a major cause of hypothermia. That’s a myth. Very few deaths amongst older people in the winter are from hypothermia. The lethal effects of the cold strike much before the body gets that cold. Cold temperatures not only increase the likelihood and severity of flu and respiratory problems, but being cold also thickens the blood and increases blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
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