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Beat the Heat - Tips to help older adults
Learn how to protect yourself and others during hot summer months
Weather in southwestern Ohio can be all over the map, especially during the spring and summer months. It will be hot and humid one day, cool and rainy the next. Even with a degree of unpredictability, it`s almost certain that we will see high temperatures climb into the upper 90s and even top 100 degrees. When temperatures remain high for several days in a row, health and weather experts recommend that children, people with respiratory problems and the elderly stay indoors if possible.
Tips for helping older adults prevent heat-related illness and injuries
During hot summer months, everyone should take care to protect themselves from heat-related illnesses and injuries. During this time, our elderly loved-ones, friends and neighbors (people age 65 and older) are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses and injuries, because:
Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body`s temperature rises rapidly, the body loses its ability to sweat, and it is unable to cool down. Body temperatures rise to 106F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.
Warning signs vary but may include the following:
What you can do to protect yourself
You can follow these prevention tips to protect yourself from heat-related stress:
What you can do for elderly friends and neighbors
If you have elderly relatives or neighbors, you can help them protect themselves from heat-related stress:
What you can do for someone with heat stress
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. Do the following:
(Content Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Extreme Heat)
Help with summer cooling costs
Help with summer cooling costs is available to low-income and older Ohio residents starting July 1 through Aug. 31.
The assistance is provided by the Ohio Department of Development`s annual Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Summer Crisis Program, which provides a one time payment of up to $175 for electric bills to low-income and elderly residents who meet eligibility guidelines. Last year, more than 42,000 Ohio residents received help through the HEAP Summer Crisis program.
For more information, contact your local community action agency or call 800-282-0880. [update link]