When you think of hypothermia, you might picture someone in a parka falling face first into a snowbank, or someone shivering beside a pond after narrowly escaping after breaking through the ice. Those are both possible scenarios, but it doesn’t have to be that dramatic or extreme.
The Mayo Clinic also explains that hypothermia can actually occur when you’d think you’re safe—indoors. “An older person may develop mild hypothermia after prolonged exposure to indoor temperatures that would generally be fine for a younger or healthier adult,” notes the clinic. So if your Great Aunt Mauve is complaining of being chilly during her unexpected visit, it might be best to crank up the furnace a few degrees to prevent any problems.