Take steps to keep seniors cool as temperatures climb

July 10, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. July 10, 2010

Seniors can be especially vulnerable to high temperatures, so public health officials urge King County residents to check up on elderly neighbors and relatives as the mercury climbs.

Older adults, young children and people with mental illness and chronic diseases face the highest risk of heat-related illness. Find tips to beat the heat from Public Health – Seattle & King County here.

Senior Helpers, a nationwide senior care provider, encouraged families to protect aging relatives by putting together a summer survival kit. The kit should include:

  • Reusable water bottle to maintain hydration
  • Copies of all prescriptions and health insurance cards
  • Phone numbers of healthcare providers and information concerning chronic health problems
  • Sunscreen, at least SPF 30, to prevent serious burns
  • Multivitamins to keep the immune system strong
  • Battery-operated or hand-held fan in case of power outages and extreme heat

Find information about cooling shelters across King County on the Office of Emergency Management website.

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