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Blair Senior Services encourages older adults to take precautions in extreme heat

As extremely hot, humid weather is forecast across the state this week, health and aging officials are reminding all Pennsylvanians to take the necessary precautions to remain healthy and safe.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health suggests drinking plenty of non-alcoholic liquids such as water – even if not thirsty; dressing appropriately in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing; staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day; and postponing strenuous activity and work until later in the day when the temperature drops.
Blair Senior Services would like to ask everyone to check on older relatives, friends and neighbors during periods of extreme hot weather. Young children and older individuals, people who are overweight, those who have heart and breathing problems or are on certain medications are at higher risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Signs of heat stroke include, extremely high body temperature, hot or dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion or unconsciousness. If you suspect heat stroke, it is important to seek medical assistance immediately.
According to the Department of Aging, people at the greatest risk of fatal heat stroke are older people who live alone without air conditioning and who live on the second or third floor of an apartment building.
If you or an older adult that you know needs assistance during this hot weather emergency, please call Blair Senior Services at 946-1235. For emergency situations between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 a.m., call the Agency’s Protective Services number at 949-4850.