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Handle the Heat (Summertime)




Summertime and the living is easy



picnics, ballgames, family reunions, trips to the beach and the pool -- a time to enjoy being outside.



Summer is also extreme heat season—which is more dangerous as we get older.



As we get older our bodies and skin deal with heat differently — and we may have medical conditions or take prescription meds that affect how we respond or perspire; ask you doctor or pharmacist.


When it gets really hot, staying cool is essential— turn on the AC and drink lots of water - don’t wait till you’re thirsty!  



Have bags of ice and ice packs handy to use when you get overheated.



Avoid being outdoors during the mid-day, and especially avoid cars that have been heating up in the sun—go early or much later, or maybe not at all. 



And remember: the effect of heat is cumulative—the longer you are in the heat without cooling down—especially at night—the more likely a heatstroke is.



Ask for help if you feel even a little dizzy - it can be the first sign of danger. If you feel bad call 911 - they will help you decide if you need help, and have rapid response methods to cool you down.



If your home is not air conditioned, don’t rely on a fan alone to keep cool — seek cool locations like senior and community centers, libraries, malls and theaters.



When heat hits extreme levels, most communities have cooling centers.



Senior services can help you get there — and they may also help with utility bills, fans and AC repairs. Ask them now!



Make a plan, know the risks,



and you can enjoy summer safely!






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