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What You Need to Know About Hypothermia and the Elderly

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Shivering is one of those amazing things our bodies do to keep us operating at top speed. It’s as if we had an internal thermostat. Too hot, we sweat in order to cool off. Too cold, we shiver to stay warm.

But did you know that as we age the thermostat doesn’t always work the way it should? Not good, especially in the kind of weather we’ve been experiencing lately, and one of the reasons why elderly people are at increased risk of developing hypothermia.

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Taking medications when you’re older: Common problems and simple solutions

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The older you are, the more likely you take several medications. According to the American Geriatric Society, people over 65 buy more than 25 percent of all prescription medicines and 30 percent of all nonprescription medicines.

For many reasons, elderly people often have difficulty taking their medications as prescribed but we have some simple solutions that might help.

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How to Handle Family Conflicts When Caring for an Elderly Relative

An elderly man with a younger female relative in the background

John was blessed with a large family. He would be the first to tell you so. Now that he is elderly and has dementia, his children are committed to seeing that he gets the best care possible. The primary responsibility for managing his caregiving falls to those who live nearby. For the most part, there have been few family conflicts.

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Six Infections to Watch Out For in Elderly People

A sick, elderly woman with a caregiver at her bedside

As we get older we become more susceptible to infections. The immune system doesn’t work as well as it used to. It’s more difficult if you are also dealing with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD or emphysema), heart problems or cancer.

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Frostbite and the Elderly: What You Need to Know

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Bitterly cold — that’s what the weather report says — danger of frostbite. Make sure you remember that frostbite can be especially dangerous to the elderly.

Did you know that if you have frostbite, your skin freezes and ice crystals form inside your cells?

Did you know that no matter what you might have seen in old movies, rubbing or massaging frostbitten skin only makes things worse?

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