Staying Safe in the Summer
June 26, 2023, 11:49 pm
While we all look forward to having fun in the sun, people of all ages should be cautious of heat-related illnesses during the heat of summer.
Health problems such as cardiovascular, lung, or kidney disease; being on several prescription medications at the same time; taking medications such as diuretics, sedatives, or some heart and high blood pressure medications may make it harder for the body to cool itself; and living in places without air conditioning or fans are factors that put older adults at an increased risk of heat-related illness or death.
Below are some tips for recognizing signs of hyperthermia and tips to prevent hot-weather illness provided by the National Institute on Aging (NIH):
If you need help keeping your home cool this summer, you may contact:
Family Support Division at 855-373-4636 to see if you qualify for energy assistance. Contracted agencies may also provide emergency services such as emergency lodging, heating/cooling replacement or repair, or window air conditioners.