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Senior advocates: Elderly at risk from cold temps

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 4:00 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Advocates for the elderly say the extreme cold is putting Illinois' senior citizens at risk.

AARP is urging people to check on older relatives, friends and neighbors who may be more susceptible to hypothermia and falls on icy surfaces.

The low temperature in northern Illinois on Tuesday morning was minus 6 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, and weather forecasters warned that temperatures would dip below zero overnight.

Advocates say the elderly may need help shoveling snow, picking up groceries or going to the pharmacy. And friends and relatives should check to make sure they're warm enough inside their homes.

They say older people can be put at greater risk for hypothermia because their body's ability to deal with cold can be affected by certain illnesses and medicines.

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