Cold Weather And Health

The cooler temperatures are a good reminder cold and flu season is just around the corner.

Some people say the chill in the air has a chilling effect on a senior citizen's body. Others think the cold weather means they can catch a cold. So, what’s fact and what's fiction?

We spoke with some people over the age of 65, who say the recently up and down weather pattern tends to wreak havoc on their joints and aggravate arthritis. Some even think the cold weather can cause colds.

Registered nurse Laura Hawkins-Arn says it's a virus, not cold weather that brings on a cold. However, she says seniors are more likely to get sick during the winter months and for a longer period of time.

As far as the cold weather aggravating arthritic conditions, that does happen and can vary from person to person.

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  • by Glen Location: Washington, NC on Oct 12, 2007 at 04:21 AM
    People stay inside more during colder weather. If any one person inside has a virus, it spreads better inside, therefore when it turns cold, people catch colds (virus) faster.

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