Thursday, July 8, 2010

Seniors and Heat-related Illness

As we near records for high temperatures and poor air quality, we want to make sure you have the information you need to stay safe and healthy. Senior citizens are at high risk of heat-related illnesses; this risk is increased by some medications and health conditions. Stay cool, stay informed, and please check on your elderly neighbors.

Here is some information provided by the CDC:

Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

  • Warning signs may include:
  • extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F)
    red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • rapid, strong pulse
  • throbbing headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • confusion
  • unconsciousness

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.

  • Warning signs may include:
  • heavy sweating
  • paleness
  • muscle cramps
  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • cool, moist skin
  • fast, weak pulse
  • fast, shallow breathing

Preventing and Managing Heat

Take a cool shower or bath.
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level.
Check with your physician if your fluid intake is generally limited or if you take water pills.
Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.
Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses, and put on sun screen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say "broad spectrum" or "UVA/UVB protection" on their labels).
Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
If you must be outside, drink plenty of nonalcoholic fluids and try to rest often in shady areas.
If your home is not air conditioned, spend time in a public library, shopping mall, or senior center. A list of senior centers and public libraries in Fulton County are at the bottom of this post.

Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink
Don’t drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar - these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
Don’t stay outside in the hottest part of the day, if you can help it.
NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

Fulton County Senior Centers

Auburn Neighborhood Senior Center 300 Edgewood Avenue Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404-224-3140

Bethlehem Neighborhood Senior Center 87 Thayer Street Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404-577-6017

Camp Truitt Neighborhood Senior Center 4320 Hershel Road College Park GA 30337 Phone: 404-762-4802

Crabapple Senior Center Crabapple Government Center 12624 Broadwell Rd. Alpharetta, GA. 30004 Phone: 770-751-9397

Dogwood Neighborhood Senior Center 1953 Bankhead Highway Atlanta, GA 30318 Phone: 404-792-4964

Fairburn Neighborhood Senior Center 109 Milo Fisher Street Fairburn, GA 30213 Phone: 770-306-1555

Hapeville Neighborhood Senior Center 527 Kings Arnold Street Hapeville GA 30354 Phone: 404-762-3696

New Horizons Neighborhood Senior Center 745 Orr Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30314 Phone: 404-730-7100

Northside Shepherd Neighborhood Senior Center 1705 Commerce Drive Atlanta, GA 30318 Phone: 404-875-0509

Palmetto Neighborhood Senior Center 510 Turner Street Palmetto, GA 30268 Phone: 770-463-4990

Roswell Neighborhood Senior Center 1250 Warsaw Road Roswell, GA 30075 Phone: 770-640-1583

Sandy Springs Neighborhood Senior Center 6500 Vernon Woods Dr. Atlanta, GA 30328 Phone: 404-705-4901

St. Paul Neighborhood Senior Center 501 Grant Street Atlanta, GA 30315 Phone: 404-688-7501

Southeast Neighborhood Senior Center 1650 New Town Circle Atlanta, GA 30324 Phone: 404-624-0641

Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Facility 6500 Vernon Woods Drive Atlanta, GA 30328 Phone: 404-705-4900

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility 677 Fairburn Rd. NW Atlanta, GA 30318 Phone: 404-699-8580

Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility 515 John Wesley Dobbs Dr. Atlanta, GA 30312 Phone: 404-523-3353

H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility 2885 Church Street East Point, GA 30344 Phone: 404-762-4821

Atlanta-Fulton Public Libraries
Adams Park Branch 2231 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta GA 30311

Adamsville-Collier Heights Branch 3424 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr., Atlanta GA 30331

Alpharetta Branch 238 Canton Street, Alpharetta GA 30004

Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30303

Bowen/Bankhead Branch2685 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy, NW Atlanta, GA 30318

Buckhead Branch 269 Buckhead Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Carver Homes Branch 215 Lakewood Way, Suite 104, Atlanta, GA 30315

Central Library & Library System Headquarters One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303 404-730-1700

Cleveland Avenue Branch 47 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta GA 30315

College Park Branch 3647 Main Street, College Park, Georgia 30337

Dogwood Branch 1838 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW (formerly Bankhead Ave), Atlanta GA 30318 404-792-4961

East Atlanta Branch 400 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

East Point Branch 2757 Main Street, East Point GA 30344

Fairburn Branch 60 Valley View Drive, Fairburn, GA 30213

Georgia Hill Branch 250 Georgia Avenue SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30312

Hapeville Branch 525 King Arnold Street, Hapeville, GA 30354

Kirkwood Branch 11 Kirkwood Road SE, Atlanta GA 30317

Martin Luther King Jr., Branch 409 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Atlanta GA 30312

Mechanicsville Branch 400 Formwalt St SW, Atlanta GA 30312

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek GA 30022

Northside Branch 3295 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta GA 30327

Ocee Branch5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd.,Johns Creek GA 30005-4601

Peachtree Branch 1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Perry Homes Branch 2121 Hollywood Rd NW, Atlanta GA 30318

Ponce de Leon Branch 980 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30306

Roswell Branch 115 Norcross St, Roswell GA 30075

Sandy Springs Branch 395 Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30328

South Fulton Branch 4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union City, GA 30291-1590

Southwest Branch3665 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

Stewart-Lakewood Branch 2893 Lakewood Ave. SW, Atlanta GA 30315

Thomasville Heights Branch 1700 Thomasville Dr SE, Atlanta GA 30315

Washington Park Branch 1116 Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr., Atlanta GA 30314

West End Branch 525 Peeples St SW, Atlanta GA 30310

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