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Heat Reminders


  Posted on July 2, 2012

Area Agency on Aging Reminder about Seniors and Heat Dangers

As we enter the warmest season of the year, the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. would like to remind everyone that senior citizens are particularly at risk in high heat situations. 

Does an elderly person live in your neighborhood? Go knock on the door and ask them how they are and spend a few minutes talking with them.  If you are a caregiver and help someone else, check on them regularly during extreme heat.  Many times, senior citizens don’t realize they are suffering from heat exhaustion.  If they don’t have air conditioning, invite them into an air conditioned home or business.

Ten Tips on Keeping Seniors Safe in Summer Heat

  1. Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated – eight or more 8 ounce glasses per day and or fruit juices.
  2. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
  3. Dress appropriately.  Wear loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics like cotton and dress in light colors that will reflect the sun and heat instead of darker colors that will attract them.
  4. When outdoors, protect your skin from damage by wearing hats, sunglasses and sunscreen of 30 SPF or more.
  5. Stay indoors during extreme heat.
  6. If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, go somewhere that does.  A movie theater, mall, senior center or a friend/relative’s house.
  7. If you need to get out of the house and don’t have a car, call a taxi or friend – DO NOT wait outside for the bus in extreme heat.
  8. If you are absolutely unable to leave the house and don’t have air conditioning, take a cool bath or shower to lower your body temperature on extremely hot days.
  9. Temperatures inside the home should not exceed 85 degrees for prolonged periods of time.

10. Know the signs of heat stroke (flushed face, high body temperature, headache, nausea, rapid pulse, dizziness and confusion) and take immediate action if you feel them coming on.

The Area Agency on Aging serves a nine county district consisting of Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca and Wyandot Counties and can be reached at 419-524-4144 or 800-860-5799.  The Area Agency on Aging administers the PASSPORT program as well as provides help to caregivers and so much more – referrals are welcome from any source; you don’t have to be a relative to make a referral for someone needing assistance.

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CONTACT:

Bev Rosich, Communications Manager
Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
MansfieldOH44906
Phone:  (419) 522-5612, Ext. 1157
Fax:   (419) 522-9482
brosich@aaa5ohio.org