Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you have any questions or comments about this page please contact email@example.com.
SOURCE AARP Illinois
AARP Provides Quick Tips to Stay Warm – Reminds People to Check in on Elderly Friends and Neighbors
CHICAGO, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With temperatures in Northern Illinois reaching 18-year lows, AARP is reminding Illinoisans to check in on elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors who may be at particular risk of cold-related health problems, especially hypothermia, or falls on icy steps and sidewalks.
"With temperatures dipping below zero and more snow on the way, it's critical that neighbors, friends and family check on older individuals and make sure they are warm and safe," said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois State Director. "There are many things you can do to help – check on them to make sure they're warm at home, shovel their snow, pick up their groceries or go to the pharmacy for them."
Cold weather brings a potentially deadly danger – hypothermia. Older individuals are at a bigger risk for hypothermia because their body's response to cold weather can be diminished by certain illnesses (such as diabetes) and some medicines (including over-the-counter cold remedies).
According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the symptoms of hypothermia include confusion or sleepiness, slowed or slurred speech, shivering or stiffness in the arms and legs, weak pulse, poor control over body movements or slow reactions. If you suspect that someone is suffering from the cold and you have a thermometer available, take his or her temperature. If it's 96 degrees or lower, call 911 for emergency help.
Here are some additional AARP tips on how to stay warm in this extreme weather:
If you need assistance for heating costs, funds are available in Illinois through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is a federal program that assists low-income households, including families with children and seniors, with their home energy costs, including heating costs in the winter. More information is available, toll-free, at 1-877-411-9276.
©2012 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.