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Volume 7, Issue 1 First Quarter 2012 Inside this issue: Nursing Home 2 Mark Your Calendar 3 Need A Ride 3 Summer Safety 3 Healthy You 4 Colonoscopy Screenings for Medicare Pa-tients 5 Teach Grand-kids About Giv-ing 6 Lower Medicare Prescription Drug Costs 7 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT KEDDO Area Agency on Aging Tips To Combat Heat Related Illnesses Area Agency on Aging Staff Kim Rose Director Samantha Humphreys Information and Assistance Coordinator Sueann Deela Bookkeeper/Planner Renee Johnson Ombudsman Supervisor Pat Braund Ombudsman Supervisor As people age, their bodies lose some ability to adapt to heat. They may have medical conditions that are worsened by heat, and their medications could reduce their ability to respond to heat. Heat related illnesses can be collectively known as hyperthermia, and it occurs when the body overheats. Conditions involving hyperthermia have different names, including heat stroke, heat fatigue, heat syncope (lightheadedness or faint-ing in the heat), heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Lifestyle factors such as hot liv-ing quarters, over dressing, & visiting overcrowded places contribute to the risk of hyperthermia. Heat Stroke is an advanced form of hyperthermia. It occurs when the body is overwhelmed by heat and unable to control its temperature. When someone has a heat stroke their temperature is at least 104 degrees Fahrenheit, & they may have a strong rapid pulse, lack of sweating, dry flushed skin, faintness, staggering and mental status changes such as confusion, combativeness, disorientation, even coma. Seek immediate medical attention for a person with any of these symptoms, especially an older adult. If you suspect that someone is suffering from a heat related illness: Move them into an air conditioned area or other cool place Urge them to lie down and rest Remove or loosen tight fitting or heavy clothing Encourage them to drink water or juices if they are able to drink without chok-ing, but avoid alcohol and caffeine Apply cold water, ice packs or cold wet cloths to the skin Get medical assistance as soon as possible People without fans or air conditioners should go to nutrition centers, shop-ping malls, movie theaters, libraries, or other places with air conditioning. You may also check with your local social service organizations to find cooling centers in your area. Look for our newsletter on the KEDDO website at www.keddo.org under the Programs tab then click on Area Agency on Aging.
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KEDDO (Kiamichi Economic Development District of Oklahoma)
|Title||Senior spotlight, 1st qtr 2011/12, v.7 no.1|
|Authors||Kiamichi Economic Development District of Oklahoma. Area Agency on Aging.|
Kiamichi Economic Development District of Oklahoma. Area Agency on Aging--Periodicals.
Older people--Services for--Oklahoma--Periodicals.
|Purpose||Tips to Combat Heat Related Illnesses; Ombudsman Corner; Need A Ride - Transportation Programs Available; Top 5- Hot Tips To Stay Safe This Summer|
|OkDocs Class#||K400.6 S477s 1st qtr 2011/12, v.7 no.1|
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