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More Than Temperature Puts Elderly at Risk in Heat
Date:8/10/2008

senior citizen centers. If possible, older adults should get family or friends to give them rides to air-conditioned locations.

If you suspect someone is suffering from a heat-related illness, the NIA recommends the following:

  • Get the person out of the sun and into an air-conditioned or other cool place. Have them lie down and rest.
  • Offer fluids such as water, fruit and vegetable juice. Don't offer alcohol or caffeinated beverages.
  • Encourage the person to shower, bathe or sponge off with cool water.
  • Apply a cold, wet cloth to the wrists and/or neck, places where arterial blood passes close to the surface and can be cooled by the cold cloths.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about heat illness and the elderly.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: U.S. National Institute on Aging, news release, July 31, 2008


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