Rising heat levels during the summer period has become a rampant disaster to the elderly population. Professionals do advise families to maintain a closer watch over elderly relatives during these periods. High heat levels have proven to cause more deaths as opposed to floods, lightning, tornadoes and the other disasters.
Elderly people do not adjust well to abrupt changes in temperatures. Therefore, elderly people have high chances of developing chronic health conditions. This situation changes the normal body response mechanism to heat. Particularly in states of extreme heat rising such as Arizona. An air handling unit is deemed a necessity in places like Arizona, but the extra expense on seniors makes a need a luxury.
National health care agencies offer several recommendations that can be used to prevent high heat levels from affecting our elderly people. That includes ensuring that the aging drink plenty of water even if they are not thirsty.
Elderly people are advised to put on lightweight cotton or rayon clothes that are lightly colored to ensure high reflection of heat.
During periods of high heat in the day, aged people are advised to stay away from the sun. Direct sun avoidance prevents sunburn that makes heat dissipation very difficult.
The symptoms that are experienced due to heat-related illnesses are; headaches, vomiting, muscle crumbs or nausea. The moment any of these symptoms are experienced medical assistance should be sought immediately.
One of the best ways of maintaining a favorable temperature in a house is by the use of air conditioners. Often the elderly have retired from their jobs, and cannot meet their basic needs, and that includes additional costs such as air conditioning.
Several Arizona senior care agencies have been implemented to provide support, education and personalized care services to the elderly to improve their day to day life.
These agencies are committed and dedicated in partnering with older persons and their family members to enable them meet their personal needs. They also strive to ensure that the aging population lives comfortably and safely in their homes.
These agencies welcome air handling unit donations. Interested parties that would like to help the elderly people with air conditioning services are all welcomed. Several donation centers have been created to ensure you have access to give. Center include; Goodwill, The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and the United way. There are also online centers such as Freecycle and Craigslist where you can donate your air conditioners. Also, Arizona is promoting “Beat The Heat” programs and need volunteers. You can also take the initiative of helping your needy neighbor with air conditioning services.