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Summer Tips for Elders on Staying Cool

Monday, July 25, 2016

As summer heats up, The Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8) offers the following tips on staying cool and details on Ohio’s Summer Crisis Program for elders. 

Increase fluid intake; drinking water is best. Avoid beverages with alcohol or caffeine, because they can add to dehydration and increase the effects of heat illnesses. Do not take salt tablets without a health care provider’s advice. Monitor or limit outdoor activities taking frequent breaks.

The elderly are more prone to heat exhaustion. Symptoms include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or fainting. Elders experiences symptoms should move to a shady or air-conditioned area, apply cool cloths.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation. Call 911 immediately. Symptoms include a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher, red, hot and dry skin with no sweating, rapid pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness, and gray skin color.

Before medical help arrives, begin cooling the person by any means possible, such as spraying person with water from a garden hose or by placing the person in a cool tub of water.

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible Ohioans meet the cost of summer cooling. The Summer Crisis Program assists households with at least one member age 60 or older, or one member with a documented medical condition that would benefit from continued electric service.

AAA8 region seniors and other eligible residents may apply for the Summer Crisis Program at area Community Action organizations through August 31. Eligibility for assistance is based on the emergency criteria and income guidelines are available by calling AAA8 at 1-800-331-2644 or at www.areaagency8.org.

AAA8 serves Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Monroe, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties. For more information on the Summer Crisis program, call 1-800-331-2644. To enroll in the Summer Crisis program, contact your local Community Action Program: Athens, Hocking & Perry: HAPCAP at 1-800-686-1093; Monroe & Noble: GMN at 740-472-0828 or 740-732-2388; Washington & Morgan: Washington-Morgan CAP at 740-373-3745; and Meigs: Gallia-Meigs CAP at 1-800-282-0880.

 

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