MILWAUKEE (June 20, 2016) — Now that summer is officially here, Interfaith Older Adult Programs is reminding older adults about the potential dangers of high temperatures, and how to stay safe from the heat.

“Extreme summer heat can be dangerous for anyone, but it can be especially hard on older adults and disabled persons,” said Felice Green, spokesperson for Interfaith. “We urge the community to check on their senior neighbors when we have a heat wave.”

When our area experiences extended periods of continuous heat and humidity, Interfaith strongly encourages older adults to take the following precautions:

  1. Stay inside and use air conditioners or fans whenever possible. Closing drapes or blinds will also help keep your home cooler. If you need to be outside, try to go in the early morning or evening hours when temperatures are cooler.
  2. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, a minimum of 16 oz. per hour. Early signs of dehydration include: dry, sticky mouth; tiredness; thirst; headache; and dizziness or lightheadedness.
  3. Wear loose, light-colored clothing.
  4. Don’t leave any person or pet inside vehicles, even for a few minutes.

During a heat emergency or advisory, the five senior centers that Interfaith manages may be open for extended hours to help serve as cooling stations. These locations include: Clinton & Bernice Rose, Kelly, McGovern Park, Washington Park and Wilson senior centers. For location and contact information, visit interfaithmilw.org/locations. Be sure to call the senior center before going to confirm it is open.

The Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA) has many resources and tips on how to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay safe during hot weather. Visit their website for more information at county.milwaukee.gov/areaagencyonaging.

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About Interfaith Older Adult Programs: Since 1975, Interfaith responds to the current physical and social challenges of aging by providing innovative programs, successful solutions, and the often much needed extra helping hand. Learn more at www.interfaithmilw.org.