Cold weather poses special inside risks for older adults

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You probably know that being outside in bitter cold can lead to health problems. But even if you inside there are risks.

The National Institute on Aging warns that older citizens living inside a cold house or apartment can lead to0 hypothermia.

The NIA advises setting heat at 68 degrees or higher. Save money on heating by closing off rooms not in use. Keep blinds or curtains closed to help insulate around windows. Dress warmly even if you stay inside. Wear socks and slippers and throw an extra blanket on legs. At night, wear a cap or hat and use extra covers.

Make sure you eat properly to keep up body weight. Ask family or friends to check on you during the cold weather spell.