As the temperature drops and the dreaded phrase “polar vortex” once again becomes a staple in our vocabulary, people everywhere are preparing for the incoming cold weather. But what does these mean for elderly people aging at home?

In winter, older adults have a harder time producing body heat than younger people do, making it more difficult for them to tell when the temperature is too low. Therefore, older adults are more prone to hypothermia, which is a dangerous drop in body temperature. Older adults are also susceptible to falls in the slippery winter weather. Here are a few safety tips to help your aging parent avoid hypothermia and dangerous falls in winter.