Protecting Elderly from the Heat

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If you stepped outside Tuesday you know it was a scorcher out there, and when temperatures get that high, it's important to remember to check on the elderly.

If you have any elderly family, friends or neighbors, health experts say it's a good idea to check on them every few hours, especially during the hottest part of the day.

Make sure they're drinking plenty of water, wearing loose clothing, and taking lots of resting breaks.
Also make sure their homes are staying cool.

"They're concerned about bills and things like that, but what they can do is put down their shades, keep the sun out, run the air conditioner for a little while and then turn it off," Rick Hindman, Area Agency on Aging director, said.

Hindman says many elderly people have chronic conditions that make it difficult to breathe on a daily basis, and even more so when it's hot and humid.

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