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Take the Hypothermia Quiz

Baby, it's cold outside! When winter weather arrives, you need to take extra precautions against hypothermia if you're an older adult. Test your knowledge of these cold facts from the National Institute on Aging.

1. Cold weather can be a problem for older adults because many seniors take medications that can interfere with the body's ability to regulate its temperature.
2. Shivering is one way the body produces heat.
3. Sleepiness and slow, slurred speech are two symptoms of hypothermia.
4. The best way to find out if someone is suffering from hypothermia is to feel the person's forehead.
5. If you suspect that someone has hypothermia and emergency help is not available right away, move the person to a warmer location, if possible, and wrap him or her in a warm blanket to stop further heat loss.
6. Hypothermia affects older people more often than younger people.
7. Some illnesses place a person at risk because they affect the way the body handles cold temperatures.
8. Wind chill does not play a role in hypothermia.
Online Medical Reviewer: Hanrahan, John, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Weisbart, Ed, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 4/29/2013
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