People aged 65 years or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. If you’re an older adult or a caretaker, review this information on how you or the person you’re caring for can stay safe during the heat.
Why are older adults more prone to heat stress?
• Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature.
• They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat.
• They are more likely to take prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat.
Stay cool, stay hydrated
• Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.
• Do not rely on a fan as your main cooling source when it’s really hot outside.
• Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
• If your doctor limits the amount of fluids you drink or has you on water pills, ask them how much you should drink during hot weather.
• Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.
• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
• Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
• Do not engage in very strenuous activities and get plenty of rest.
• Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
• Check the local news for health and safety updates.
• Seek medical care immediately if you have, or someone you know has, symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.
FULL-TIME CASE MANAGEMENT POSITION OPEN AT GENERATIONS
Vincennes University’s Generations, your local Area Agency on Aging has an opening for a Case Manager to work with older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers who live in our 6-county service area. Requirement include a Bachelors Degree in Social Work or related field or Registered Nurse. If you, or someone you know is interested in working for a great team, please apply online at vinu.edu.
2018 TRAILBLAZER 5K
Generations’ annual Trailblazer 5K is on the horizon! This year’s event will take place on August 11th, 2018 with a new race route that includes the beautiful and newly restored Kimmel Park along the banks of the Wabash. For more information on this event and to register, visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org and click on the Trailblazer 5k tab.
GENERATIONS’ TRAILBLAZER 5K SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Do you own a local business? We would love to have you as a sponsor for our 5K to be held on August 11th, 2018 on the beautiful campus of Vincennes University. This is a fabulous way for you to get your business’ name “out there” while supporting your local Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Different sponsorship levels are available. For more information on how to become a sponsor, please contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.
The spring issue of Generations magazine is here! Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or email@example.com.
Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.