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Elderly death highlights cold danger


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A warning with the bitter cold. The National Institute of Health warns the elderly are particularly at risk of hypothermia in these conditions.

It says older adults can't endure long periods of cold and some medications may make it worse.

Friday, 65 year-old Polk County man in a wheelchair died after apparently getting trapped outside overnight. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says a garbage man found him unresponsive on his porch, with a shovel in his hand.

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