Winter Safety Tips for Older People

Winter is here, and, for many Americans, so are snow, ice and chilly winds. While it can be a beautiful time of year, with a dusting of snow covering the houses and trees, the elements can be quite an obstacle, especially if you are an older adult.

How cold is too cold?
Everyone gets chilly in the winter months. But, how cold is too cold, and how do you know when it can pose health risks?

The precise limit for when you need to stay inside may vary with the individual, but it's best to avoid prolonged exposure in extreme cold. If the temperature dips well below zero, Mayo Clinic advises everyone to avoid exposure to the outdoors. Older people and people with conditions like asthma, heart problems or Raynaud's phenomenon may want to stay inside even when it's less frigid.