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Cooling Tips and Centers Help Older Adults Beat The Heat

All Lucas County Senior Centers remain available as Emergency Cooling Stations today.  These air conditioned facilities can offer seniors some relief from the oppressive heat and humidity.

Because the Heat Index reached over 90 degrees last week, the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc. once again cautions older persons that they are most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses and that that these extreme conditions pose a significant threat to their health, especially to those who have cardiac or respiratory problems. 

In contrast to violent weather events that cause extensive physical destruction, the hazards of extreme heat are dramatically less apparent, especially at the onset.  In fact, similar weather conditions in Chicago in 1995 led to heat-related deaths of over 750 people, most of whom were seniors.  We remind the community to check on older or disabled family members or neighbors who live alone or may be experiencing problems coping with the heat. 

Ways to reduce the risk of heat-related illness

  • Plan any outside activities for the coolest times of the day – before noon and in the evening
  • Stay in cool places such as shopping malls, libraries or a Cooling Center
  • Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages - they accelerate the effects of heat exhaustion
  • Avoid heavy meals. Choose lighter meals & cooler foods – salads, sandwiches, fruit etc.
  • Since aging can cause decreased thirst sensation, older adults should drink water, natural juices or other fruit drinks throughout the day, even if they don’t feel thirsty.


Note: If on a special fluid-restricted diet or taking diuretics, consult your physician about fluid intake during hot weather


Signs of Heat Exhaustion: Headache, sluggishness or fatigue, thirst, blurred vision, nausea or upset stomach, vomiting, profuse sweating, moderate increase in body temperature




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Revised: 07/11/19 10:05:03 -0400.

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