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People 75-years-old or older are five times more likely to die from hypothermia

People 75-years-old or older are five times more likely to die from hypothermia

As temperatures drop, officials want you to check in on the elderly.

"A church member or a friend, just make someone's checking in on them," Synergy Home Care Owner Michelle Lisk said.

Frigid temps and snow are on the agenda for the weekend and with that comes a risk for an older generation.

"I would recommend once a day on the elderly. Stop and check on them make sure they're okay. Make sure they are eating, make sure they're dressed warm, make sure their temperature in the house is warm enough for them," Lisk said.

The elderly are more at risk. In fact, people 75 and older are five times more likely to die from hypothermia than those younger than 75.

One thing to check, their thermostat. Officials say some residents often turn off the heat to cut costs. Just as dangerous is using space heaters to heat your home.

"Don't try and find alternative heat sources. Stick with what's safe and what you know when you're home even if it is a little more expensive, it's definitely the safer route to go," Cumberland Counter PIO Megan Silverstrim said.

If you don't live in the area, consider a service like Synergy Home Care that will check on your loved ones for you. They'll even keep you up to date through email.

"The caregiver can help them with the meals and make sure they are eating correctly, make sure they're taking their medicines and go outside and do errands for them where they don't have to go out," Lisk said.

And most importantly, if you're concerned something may have happened, call 9-1-1.

"We don't want to waste any time. If someone is having an emergency whether it be because they're extremely cold or they've had some type of medical emergency, we don't want to delay any time," Silverstrim said.

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