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Brought to you by Tami Randel, Community Relations Director at Country Meadows Village - Assisted Living and Independent Living INSIDER -

(Image is Clickable Link) Tami Randel-Country Meadows Village

Brrrr! The winter weather is here, and though it can look beautiful outside with a dusting of snow, that cold crisp air can also pose hazards for seniors.

As we get older, we lose body heat at a faster rate. Our metabolism slows down resulting in a decrease of energy and slowing blood circulation. According to the National Institute on Aging, when a healthy senior's temperature drops below 95 degrees, they become vulnerable to health problems such as heart attack, kidney problems or liver damage. Those with underlying health issues have increased susceptibility.

Some seniors can't recognize when they are cold. Keeping warm, whether outside or inside will help protect against hypothermia or chills. Keep your inside thermostat between 68-70 degrees and close off rooms to save on heating costs.

If going outside: bundle up. Wear loose layers under a heavy coat to keep body heat circulating. Warm socks, waterproof shoes, and gloves will help keep the cold at bay. And don't forget a hat and scarf! Body temperatures can drop dramatically when losing heat from your neck and head.

From all of us at Country Meadows Village, stay safe and warm this winter! And, as always, we WELCOME the community to our social events. Come join us 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 for fun evening of wine tasting and music from Shannon Bengford of the Dueling Hobbits. J. Wrigley Vineyards will offer five wine tastings for only $5 with proceeds benefiting Love Inc. We hope to see you there!

COUNTRY MEADOWS VILLAGE

155 S. Evergreen Road, Woodburn

503.982.2221

www.countrymeadowsvillage.com

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