With temperatures expected in the 90s today and this week, the National Weather Service has issued an “Excessive Heat Warning” for Boston. Ethos would like to remind everyone to be safe during this hot and potentially dangerous weather. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. Drink plenty of fluids, wear loose fitting clothing and avoid outdoor physical activity.
If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative, call to check on you during the heat wave. If you know someone in this age group, especially those who do not have air conditioning or who spend much of their time alone, check on them at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat. They are also more likely to take prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat.
Seniors in Boston can use the ‘Senior Shuttle’ service for transportation to neighborhood cooling centers during declared heat emergencies. Additional information is available by calling the Boston Elderly Commission at 617-635-4366 or the Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500 (after hours).
If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer to check-in on a senior, please contact Ethos at 617-522-6700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.