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Seniors Especially Vulnerable to Cold

(CHICOPEE, Mass.) (WGGB)–The bitter cold weather can be especially hard on our vulnerable senior population.

Joe Boudreau is a Chicopee senior.

He dressed warmly on this cold day,”I have some errands to do, bills to pay,” says Boudreau.

He advises seniors to stay inside but if you do have to go out, bundle up in layers.

As temperatures begin to plummet it is more and more difficult for all of us but especially for our seniors who are more fragile.

The American Geriatric Society Foundation says older adults have slower metabolism which makes them feel colder, and that seniors are frequently affected by poor circulation which makes them prone to cold hands and feet.

Jared Krok is social services coordinator for the Chicopee Senior Center.

He says seniors can be especially vulnerable when the weather gets this cold,”Keeping your thermostat at 65, is important as we get older our body temp goes down a lot quicker so having your heat up is important for keeping your core temp at a good level,” says Krok.

And he says, now’s the time to keep a check on seniors who may be alone,”It’s important to check on your neighbors stopping by to make sure they’re ok, have enough food, enough medications, enough blankets, their heat is working ok so they can be comfortable in their home while the temps are this low.” says Krok.

Joe Boudreau is thankful that someone is checking on him,”I have a sister and a couple of friends that always help because I live alone; they check on me every day to make sure things are going well,  I appreciate that,” says Boudreau.

 

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