Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hot Time in the City

Summer has arrived and it is hot already!

Senior citizens and the chronically ill are often more vulnerable to the effects of high temperatures because they perspire less and are more likely to be taking medications that can impair the body's response to heat.

Those medications include antihistamines, heart drugs, over-the-counter sleeping pills, antidepressants, antipsychotics, major tranquilizers and some medications for Parkinson's disease. People should check with their doctor or pharmacist to find out if their medications make them more sensitive to heat.

Seniors on fixed incomes often do not have air conditioning or feel they cannot afford the expense of running it. Fulton County has several neighborhood senior centers that people can visit to avoid the heat. Check out our website for info.

Because many senior citizens live alone, everyone should check on elderly family members and neighbors regularly to be sure they are not suffering from the effects of the heat. If you suspect that someone is having health issues related to the heat, get them to a cooler place; keep them hydrated with water, and call 911.

-- by Steve Hargrove
Director of Events and Marketing

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