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Monday, 01 January 2018 11:20

Officials ask that you keep an eye on your elderly neighbors Featured

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Officials ask that you keep an eye on your elderly neighbors

BANGOR - Some may be trying to cut heating costs by keeping their thermostats on low, but as temperatures continue to drop, officials say it's important to check on elderly family and friends.

People who have chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, behavioral health issues, and even substance abuse issues are all susceptible for hypothermia inside the home if the temperatures are too low.

 

St. Joseph's Hospital Emergency Department Director Jonnathan Busko, said  "We all know what it feels like to be in a cold environment, so if you go into that house or you go into that apartment and it feels cold to you and you want to wear your coat, think about that person who's living in that environment."

 

Buskco added checking on them on a daily basis is a good idea. If you can check more frequently, even twice a day is best to make sure they're okay. He said you may want to try and get them into a warmer environment.