Help Elderly And Disabled During Hot Weather
As temperatures rise above 90 degrees, older adults and persons with disabilities are particularly at risk for heat-related illnesses.
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are the most common conditions with symptoms that may range from generalized weakness and fatigue, to dizziness, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, shortness of breath, mental confusion, throbbing headaches, vomiting, and cramping. Hot weather can place a dangerous strain on the heart, and can exacerbate other medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and circulatory and respiratory problems.
Officials at Multnomah County's Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD), urge family members and neighbors to check on their elderly or disabled friends and relatives during the hot weather. According to Paul Iarrobino at Multnomah County's Department of Aging and Disability Services, "People affected by the heat may not recognize they have a problem. Many senior and disabled folks live alone, may not get out much, and so it is critical that someone check on them."
Some tips for combating the heat include: