The winter season is here, and the change of weather is clear. During the winter months in Santa Clara County (SCC), temperatures can range from 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. When temperatures drop, it’s vital for older adults to keep warm both indoors and outdoors.

According to SCC’s Office of Emergency Management,

“Older adults often make less body heat because of slower metabolism and less physical activity”.

Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, and the symptoms can range from feeling sleepy, confused, and clumsy.

SCC’s Office of Emergency Management advises people 65 years of age or older to check the temperature in their home to ensure it’s not below 40 degrees. If it’s difficult to keep your home warm, if possible, make arrangements to stay someplace warm like a family or friend’s home. Other alternative options to keeping warm in your home is to use a sleeping bag, drink warm beverages, or wear a hat and scarf.

Stay warm and safe this winter:

  • When leaving your home, dress in layered clothing like thermal shirts, mittens, and jackets.
  • When conditions are wet, wear waterproof or insulated boots to avoid hypothermia or frostbite when walking outside.
  • Stay hydrated and avoid consuming alcohol if you will be staying outside.
  • If you cannot keep your home warm or cannot stay with a relative or friend, find a local warming center.
  • Find a partner who can check in with you regularly when temperatures are low.
  • When heating up the home, make sure to carefully follow the manufactures’ instructions for using a space heater, kitchen stove, or fireplace.

Learn more about local warming centers and winter safety tips. Contact a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.