Injury prevention preventing hyperthermia hypothermia and drowning as people age the risk of death or injury from hyperthermia hypothermia frostbite and drowning increases thin skin chronic illness diabetes medications and other factors can put the elderly in jeopardy beyond what a younger person would experience in the same situation. Important advice about preventing hypothermia skip navigation sign in how to prevent hypothermia in elderly people diane atwood centers for disease control and prevention cdc 18350 . Hypothermia prevention programs should focus on persons particularly susceptible to hypothermia and those likely to be subjected to unusual cold stress persons caring for the elderly should be alerted to hypothermias symptoms and signs and elderly persons living alone should be visited frequently. As people age the risk of death or injury from hypothermia hyperthermia frostbite and drowning increases this skin chronic illness diabetes medications and other factors can put the elderly in jeopardy beyond what a younger person would experience in the same situation. When the mercury plummets preventing hypothermia and cold weather related injuries prevention rules the best way to prevent cold induced eib is to cover exposed skin on your head and neck and wrap a handkerchief over your mouth
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