The summer heat can certainly be uncomfortable to many people, but to older adults it can be deadly. According to The Dallas Morning News, there are several precautions senior citizens and those who provide elder care should take when the temperature begins to rise.
Experts recommend reducing strenuous activity and staying hydrated, and the news source reports that one of the most important things that can be done is to ensure the elderly are being checked up on, especially if they have a pre-existing health condition.
"For people who are alone, they should be having emergency contacts or having a neighbor who has a key or knows how to get in touch with someone in case there is an emergency," Peggy Glenn-Summitt of the Senior Source, a nonprofit that serves the Dallas area, told the news provider.
The importance of staying safe in the hot weather has been especially important this year, as record high temperatures have gripped much of the United States. According to the National Weather Service, Birmingham, Alabama has experienced 39 straight days of 90 degree temperature or higher.