The Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) reminds seniors that extreme hot weather like the forecasted heat wave this week can cause serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Though everyone should take precautions, seniors are especially vulnerable to effects from the heat. The best approach during a heat wave is to remain indoors with an air-conditioner or in a ventilated room with a fan. Unless restricted, drink plenty of water and/or non-alcoholic beverages to prevent dehydration. Minimize time spent outdoors and stay out of the sun whenever possible.
Free fans are available to eligible seniors through the county's Senior Centers (please contact your local center). Through a recent donation from PECO, these fans are offered on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
Residents are encouraged to check frequently on elderly neighbors, friends and family members. Symptoms of a possible heat injury include faintness, dizziness, nausea, weakness, and heavy sweating. For more information on symptoms and treatment relating to the elderly, visit the CDC Web site http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/elderlyheat.asp. As with any emergency, call 9-1-1 when necessary. The elderly also may call the AAA office at 267-880-5700 for help during this period of extreme heat.
General information on preventing heat-related injuries also is available through the Bucks County Health Department information pages.