Michigan Investigates Freezing Death of 93-Year-Old

Though uncommon, it's not unheard of for older people to freeze to death, even inside their homes. In White Lake Township, Mich., police believe an 81-year-old man froze to death over the weekend after leaving a relative's home. In December 2007, a 90-year-old woman in Kalamazoo, Mich., died of hypothermia after spending four days in her home after the power had been shut off.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 650 people died of hypothermia each year between 1999 and 2002. About half of those people were over 65 years old.

AG's Office to Look Into Freezing Death

According to the National Institute on Aging, older people are at increased risk for hypothermia, even after exposure to a small drop in temperature, and even while indoors. The institute recommends keeping thermostats between 68 and 70 degrees.

"Even temperatures that just feel chilly to younger people may be dangerous to older people," said Dr. Jack Guralnik at the National Institute on Aging.

John Sellek , a spokesman for the attorney general's office, said the office was reviewing the circumstances of Schur's death.

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