The official first day of winter is not until December 22, although it may feel like winter already! As the temperatures drop, remember it is important for you and your loved ones to stay warm and safe in the cold and wet conditions winter will bring. Being sure your home is warmed properly and that you and your loved ones are safe from risks like frostbite and falls are both equally essential.
You may think the change in climate will not affect you. However, as we age, our metabolism slows down and produces less body heat than when we were younger. Our bodies find it more difficult to sense when the temperature is too low for our health. So, when you are outside for too long in temperatures that are too cold, your body can lose heat very quickly. Keep in mind that if it is windy outside, it can feel colder than what the thermometer reads!
With the rainy season beginning, remember to stay dry when you venture outside! Try to always carry an umbrella, gloves, and a hat. Wearing layers can also assist you to keep your body heat close to its normal temperature. Finally, when you return to your home after a walk outside or a trip to the grocery store, a nice cup of hot tea, cocoa, or coffee may also help warm your fingers!
Adjusting the temperature in your home to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit will help your body adjust back to its normal temperature. If you are concerned about how to keep your home warmed to the proper temperature, options may be available throughout Santa Clara County.
-Are your windows properly caulked?
-Are all the cracks and crevices sealed tight?
– Do your windows require weather stripping?
If you think your house may need some updates, I encourage you to call our highly-professional team of Information and Assistance specialists, (408)350-3200, option 1, to learn about the options that are available to you. We can connect you to services and resources that may assist you with ensuring your home is properly heated.

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.


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