Rising temperatures put the elderly at high risk for heat related illnesses

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Too much heat is not safe for anyone, it’s especially true if you’re older and have health problems.

Those most at risk for heat-related illness are young children and the elderly.

To protect yourself and family members from heatstroke, dehydration, and sunburn, watch for signs of heat-related illness. Chris Kutcha from Connections Area Agency on Aging says as temperatures begin to rise, it’s a good idea to be prepared and check on older loved ones and neighbors.

“You should go over and check and make sure that the temperature in there home is reasonable. Often times they don’t recognize they need the air conditioning on or they need some fans blowing. So, you may need to go and turn those on for them,” said Kutcha.

Kuchta also says you can help cool them down by making sure they have plenty to drink and are staying hydrated. 

 

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