Risk Increases as You Age
Older adults have an increased risk for hypothermia. As people age, it can be harder to keep warm in the cold. Inactivity, illness, and certain medicines make it even harder to stay warm. Learn the signs of hypothermia. The sooner treatment starts, the better the outcome.
Early signs of hypothermia include:
- Cold hands and feet
- Slow, slurred speech
- Confusion or anger
Late signs of hypothermia may include:
- Unusual changes in behavior
- Problems walking
- Slow movement
- Shallow breathing
- Loss of consciousness
If you think a loved one may have hypothermia, call for medical help right away.
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Cold weather safety for older adults National Institute on Aging website. Available at: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/cold-weather-safety-older-adults. Accessed October 18, 2021.
Hypothermia. Johns Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/hypothermia. Accessed October 18, 2021.
Last reviewed October 2021 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Last Updated: 10/18/2021