- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With snow and bitter cold forecast for much of the state this week, the Ohio Department of Aging is urging older adults to take safety precautions.

Department director Bonnie Burman says older people are at increased risk for reasons including that they can lose body heat more quickly and could be taking medications that affect the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.

Planning includes having an emergency kit, a backup supply of medications, and spare batteries or other options for medical equipment in case of power failure. Officials also advise carrying a cellphone and being extra careful in icy and snowy conditions to avoid falls.

The department also encourages all Ohioans to check on older relatives and neighbors during extreme weather conditions.

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Online: www.aging.ohio.gov

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