Summer in Brooklyn is a relaxing, magical time filled with outdoor activities and a wonderful feeling of community. Unfortunately, the sizzling heat of summer in the city can pose special health risks for seniors.
One of the biggest unseen threats is the common air conditioner. Misused, malfunctioning or poorly maintained air conditioners are a serious concern during extremely hot weather. According to a recent report, roughly a third of seniors live with insufficient or non-functioning air conditioning. This can lead to a number of medical issues or make existing conditions flare up.
Long-term heat exposure can cause multiple illnesses or symptoms such as heat exhaustion, edema (swelling), heat cramps, syncope (fainting), even potentially fatal heat strokes.
First, get them out of the sun and into an air conditioned or other cool place.
Offer them fluids such as water, fruit and vegetable juices. Encourage them to shower, bathe or sponge off with cool water. Apply a cold, wet cloth to their wrists or neck, and urge them to lie down and rest, preferably in a cool place.
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