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This is a problem of poor circulation and it isn't just limited to the elderly although it is common in the elderly. Not moving around as much can be a factor too. For some - like me - it is a lifelong condition.
It doesn't happen to all. A person needs to be checked in case it is a symptom of a heart problem. There is also a condition called Reynauds that becomes active enough to turn hands, feet and nose white by reducing circulation for a time. The body does run slower metabolism the older we get. Digestion is slower so the outer blood moves to the interior. Lots of reasons.
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