Heat Related Concerns for Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities
Summer in our area is full of surprises. One thing we can usually count on is a hot spell at least once during the season. You can prepare for heat emergencies by staying aware of weather warnings.
One or two days of extreme heat are usually are not a problem, but when the weather stays hot for more than two or three days, the effects can be devastating on the elderly, the very young, and the disabled.
People in these groups have less ability to retain water and are at risk for serious problems caused by overheating and dehydration. Many medications (even over the counter drugs) can have the same effects.
Click HERE for current weather warnings and information
Click HERE for a list of medications that increase risk for heat illness (English and Spanish)
NIH tips for older adults to combat heat-related illnesses
Caring for Older Adults in Hot Weather - UW Extension
Hyperthermia - Too Hot for Your Health - National Institutes on Aging
CDC: Extreme Heat: Prevention Guide for Personal Health and Safety
Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee Heath Department's emergency management team work together to ensure the safety of our population. In weather conditions at the Heat Advisory Alert level or higher, designated cooling centers may be opened for extended hours.
If there is no declared emergency, you can still stay cool at a variety of locations during their regular business hours.
Click on the links below for information on cooling site locations for seniors
Senior Center Cooling Sites (open extended hours for heat advisory or emergency)
Click on the links below for more information on heat safety:
Heat Awareness Information from the State of Wisconsin
Heat Safety Facts from FEMA
ID and Treat Heat Emergency Tips
Dehydration and Heat Related Concerns for Older Adults and the Disabled
Heat Index Chart
City of Milwaukee Heat Tips
City of Milwaukee Heat Tips (Spanish)
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