Do different people feel temperature differently?

Dateline article| David Murphy|

Yes. Different people sense both heat and cold differently. People will even sometimes disagree over whether or not the weather feels humid. In most cases, this is the source of nothing more than a friendly debate. But the ability to properly sense temperature extremes can be a health issue for both senior citizens and young children. Kids and seniors don't experience heat and cold the same as everyone else. For kids, this can lead to heat stroke or frost bite when they remain outdoors too long. For seniors, the biggest problem comes during the summer when they may not be able to sense extreme heat. Seniors often wear too many layers of clothing and drink too few fluids during heat waves, leading to heat stroke. It's important to check in on seniors and to keep an eye on young children during times of extreme weather.

---David Murphy

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