Health District shares tips for keeping seniors cool during heatwave
TWIN FALLS – While everyone is at risk for heat-related illness during this heat wave, the City of Twin Falls and the South Central Public Health District have raised concerns about the elderly population and how they plan to combat high temperatures.
“We work with the health district, we work with our other partners in the community, such as the hospital,” said Joshua Palmer, public information coordinator for the town of Twin Falls. “To first identify the resources that are available to residents who may need air conditioning, they need a cooler place, hydration, things of that nature.
Heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke can have serious health consequences, and older people are much more vulnerable. To prevent anyone from experiencing it, the health district wants people to be aware of the potential symptoms.
Ideally, for the elderly, the best thing to do is to continue to hydrate and stay in an air-conditioned environment. If they do not have immediate access to an air conditioning unit, the health district recommends that they try to go to public spaces that can provide this resource, such as the senior center.
“Libraries, government buildings, even grocery stores,” said Brianna Bodily, spokesperson for the South Central Public Health District. “Maybe save your groceries for the hottest part of the day. Then you can go for an hour, two hours, even three hours of relief while you shop.
For the elderly who do not have access to an air conditioner, transportation, or just want to stay at home, there are other ways to cool down in their home.
“Take a nice cold shower in the middle of the day or fill your tub with ice cubes and enjoy it,” Bodily said. “You have to be a little careful doing this, especially with ice, so as not to damage your skin. So be careful of that.”
Bodyly also recommended eating cold foods like popsicles or ice cream to help lower your body temperature.
With the July 4th weekend upon us, many families will be leaving the area to enjoy a short vacation. It is important for these families to contact friends or neighbors to keep an eye out for seniors who are not making the trip.
“Contact them, make sure they have access to air conditioning,” Bodily said. “If they don’t, invite them over for a few hours a day. That shouldn’t be a big deal. You can read books. You don’t even have to talk to each other. Just pay attention to each other. and make sure no one is left alone at this time. ”