Bitter-cold temperatures a hazard for elderly


For many of you protecting yourself from bitter-cold temperatures is as easy as staying inside and cranking up the heat.

But seniors need to take extra precautions to stay safe.

People over the age of 65 account for nearly half of all hypothermia deaths.

Seniors are encouraged to pile-on extra blankets and gloves -- even when they are inside.

Make sure your thermostat is set to at least 65 degrees and familiarize yourself with the signs of hypothermia.

Exhaustion, shivering, memory loss and dizziness are all signs that they need to seek their physician.

Another hazard for the elderly is ice -- and there's a lot of it out there this morning.Every year more than a million seniors end up in the emergency room because of a fall.