Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director, Area Agency on Aging District 7
July 2016 Monthly Column
July and August can be two of the hottest months of the year and a good time to offer
reminders of how to stay cool during the summer months. In addition, always remember
to check on family, friends, neighbors, and those you know who do not have air
conditioning when extreme heat is upon us. Older adults are more prone to heat stress
than younger individuals, so make sure to take the necessary precautions for yourself or
someone in your care during the hot summer months. Make sure they are drinking
enough water and have access to air conditioning or a cool shelter.
Here is some good information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) concerning heat stroke and heat exhaustion and what you can do to protect yourself and others:
Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke Could Include:
Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion (a milder former of heat-related illness):
If you see any signs of severe heat stress, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the affected person.
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself:
For more information about home and community-based long-term care options in your community, call the Area Agency on Aging District 7 Aging and Disability Resource Center Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm at 1-800-582-7277. A trained social worker or nurse is available to help connect you with resources that can assist you or someone you know with living safely and independently at home.