Hot weather can be really hard on seniors and people with disabilities. As we get
older, bodies have a tough time managing heat. Medications, limited mobility and isolation can also make people suffer.
Multnomah County is urging friends and neighbors to pay close attention to elders and people with disabilities as temperatures are expected to stay high this week.
Seniors and those with disabilities should:
- Drink more water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
- Buddy up! Check on a friend and have them do the same for you.
- Schedule tasks to avoid midday heat.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- If you have to use a fan, don’t set it up to blow directly on you. Instead, use it to create cross ventilation in your home.
- Spray or sponge yourself with cool water.
- Try not to use your stove and oven.
Questions? Call Multnomah County Aging & Disability Services at 503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683 or online at http://multco.us/ads.