Summer Heat Wave Puts Older New Yorkers at Risk
Jul 15, 2013 - 11:43:26 AM
Older adults stand a greater risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion because their bodies do not easily adjust to changes in temperature, making it critically important for people to check on older family, friends, or neighbors, especially those without air conditioning in their homes.
"Unlike their younger counterparts, for older adults high temperatures, such as those hitting New York City this week can be extremely hazardous and even deadly," said Beth Finkel, AARP New York State Director. "AARP is encouraging New Yorkers to take a few minutes out of your day to call or drop in and check on someone you know who is elderly during the heat wave."
AARP is reminding New Yorkers to be aware of the warning signs of heat stroke, which include feeling dizzy, faint or nauseous, and experiencing cramping in the arms or legs. A person's pulse may be fast and weak, and their body temperature will be above normal. Body temperatures above 103 degrees can lead to death or permanent damage to the brain and other organs.
Symptoms of heat-related illness can be slow to develop and often the person is unaware that they are in any danger. To combat heat-related illness, AARP New York recommends older adults to:
-- Drink plenty of cool beverages and eat cold fruit with high water
content, like watermelon, cantaloupe and apples.
-- Avoid going out during the hottest times of the day and keep activities
to a minimum. The early morning or late in the day are the best times
to be outside if you have to go out.
-- Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, as they are dehydrating.
-- Place cool cloths around the neck and under armpits.
-- Cover windows that receive the most sun to keep indoor temperatures
-- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored and loose fitting clothes.
-- Find a local cooling center such as a library or senior center. Call
your local town government or visit their website to find where the
centers are located. In New York City, call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov.
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