- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With harsh cold and snow forecast for much of the state in the next few days, officials in Ohio’s Department of Aging are urging precautions for older people who could be at increased risk of weather-related problems.

Department Director Bonnie Burman says falls on icy walkways and hypothermia threaten older Ohioans. Besides using extra caution and preparing an emergency kit, authorities suggest having backup supplies of medications, and spare batteries or other backup power options for medical equipment and devices.

They also want people to check on elderly neighbors and family members to be sure they are safe, and also be aware that bad weather can increase feelings of isolation and depression.

The department says area agencies on aging can provide information on helpful resources.

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