2005-08-05 / Community

Tips For Seniors In Staying Cool

With summer temperatures reaching the mid-90s, the Department for the Aging (DFTA) urges seniors to stay cool and be prepared for the heat and humidity.

There is a high amount of elderly residents in the Rockaways, so it is especially important that neighbors, friends and relatives check in with senior members of the community.

“Knock on their door or give them a call. Seniors living alone may need help with opening windows, shopping or other minor tasks to ensure their safety,” Commissioner Edwin Mendez-Santiago urged.

Here are some tips to avoid heat exhaustion and other heat-related disorders:

•Avoid exertion on hot and humid days.

•Keep all rooms well ventilated, using a fan, air conditioner or open window.

•Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and a hat outdoors.

•Rest in air-conditioned areas. Consider public places like senior centers, libraries, stores and malls.

For information regarding services and programs for older New Yorkers call 311 and ask for the Department for the Aging.

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