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State Officials Remind Older Ohioans that Extreme Heat IS Severe Weather

An important message from the Ohio Department of Aging:


Forecasters are predicting high temperatures in the 90s and triple-digit heat indexes around the state over the next several days. The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Health remind residents that extreme heat should be treated with the same care and preparation as a summer storm.

“Our bodies are usually very good at controlling their temperature, but extremely hot conditions over an extended period of time can stress even the most efficient system,” said Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health. “Factors that can interfere with a body’s ability to adapt to hot weather include age, obesity, dehydration, heart disease, and medications.”

“As we age, we sometimes find that our bodies can’t handle extreme conditions as well as when we were younger,” added Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “Know your limitations and balance activity with measures to help your body stay cool. Check on older loved ones and neighbors regularly, since they are at increased risk for heat-related illness and complications.”

To stay cool during extremely hot days, the departments recommend:

The departments also urge Ohioans to learn the warning signs of heat-related illnesses and know what to do if you or an older loved one shows symptoms.

During extreme summer weather, including very hot days, check on older loved ones and neighbors to ensure they are safe and healthy and have the resources to stay that way.

Your area agency on aging can help older adults locate and access assistance to stay cool during extreme heat. Resources include cooling centers; access to water; assistance with utilities; and more. Call 1-866-4-243-5678 to be connected to the agency serving your community.

Ohioans who live in nursing homes can also be at increased risk from extreme heat. The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman at the Department of Aging advises family members and concerned friends to call loved ones’ nursing homes to check conditions there and ask how the facility is staffed. Call 1-800-282-1206 for assistance.

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