Protecting Elderly In Extreme Heat

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The extreme heat isn't going anywhere. As we near record-breaking heat, and families head out for the holiday weekend,  it's important the elderly aren't neglected.

Seniors often don't feel the effects of high heat as acutely as those that are younger, and are more susceptible to heat exhaustion or stroke.

If you have a parent or grandparent in town, it's recommended you check on them twice a day. If you know you have an elderly neighbor, check on them as well, even if you think they have family near by.

For those seniors that  concerned about their own safety, you shouldn't be afraid to call a neighbor or friend and ask if they can give you a call or stop by to check on you.

In this heat, getting out of the house, even for a few hours, can help seniors cool down and avoid heat exhaustion or, in the most severe cases, even death.

Some signs that you or someone you know may be suffering from the sweltering heat are:

  • cramping
  • disorientation
  • nausea
  • increased heart rate
  • confusion

After about 93 degrees simple fans don't do much to cool down a room, so make sure to stay in the air conditioning and hydrate.

CASA of Madison County has been helping to keep seniors cool by installing air conditioners in the homes of home bound seniors who can't afford systems. The program is donation based. You can call (256) 533-7775 to help out.