We wish all of our readers a Happy New Yearl We hope that each of you finds much happiness and success during 1980 and this new decade. This year marks the first five years of publication for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing and your continued support is appreciated.
You are encouraged to be more active participants in JGN as we move into a monthly publication. There are ways that you may contribute other than by submitting manuscripts. We suggest that you send us brief accounts of your activities relative to gerontological nursing or notice of events that may be of interest. Perhaps you would like to share a verse with our readers or be considered as a book reviewer.
We will have additional space for longer feature articles and we need your opinions about the types of articles that you find most helpful. Many of the changes in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing that have been made during the last five years were based on your suggestions.
As we move into the coldest months of the year, I would like to remind you of the articles that have been published in past issues relative to hypothermia in the elderly. Although everyone is at risk when exposed to very cold temperatures for a prolonged period of time, older people are especially vulnerable. Temperatures as high as 65°F can cause accidental hypothermia in older people who may also be more susceptable due to diseases or the use of medications. As older people are more likely to be affected by inflation and the high cost of fuel, nurses need to be more involved as advocates in helping to make essential resources more available to the elderly.