Heat Wave Prompts Emergency ‘Cooling Centers’ For The Elderly

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) Officials in Limestone County opened up cooling centers across the county Thursday as temperatures continue to top the 100 degree mark. Other counties are also making plans to open centers across north Alabama.

The centers are designated as safe places for elderly people to go to cool down and get re-hydrated. Senior citizens are more likely to experience the effects of hot weather than younger adults. Physically, the elderly cannot adjust to the changes in temperature as well as younger adults, that combined with the effects of their prescription drugs may add to side effects from the medication, according to experts.

The main concern is heat stroke. These are the signs that someone is suffering from heat stroke:

  • Strong rapid pulse
  • Lack of sweating
  • Dry, flushed skin
  • Fainting
  • Confusion

The centers in Limestone County will remain open through the weekend. They are located at the Athens--Limestone Senior Center, and in community centers in Owens, Tanner and Elkmont.  They are open until 6 p.m.