Senior wellness: keeping cool in the heat of summer

Sandra Ghoston-Jones joins WZZM to discuss a program available to Kent County residents.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - With the summer months now here, many in West Michigan enjoy activities in the sun. But, the heat can be dangerous for older adults.

Sandra Ghoston-Jones from the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan joined the WZZM 13 Noon News with more on how seniors can get help staying cool this summer. For the full interview, watch the video above.

The Centers for Disease Control reports seniors are more prone to heat stress because they:

  • do not adjust as well as younger people to sudden temperature changes,
  • are more likely to have chronic medical conditions that affect the body's normal response to heat,
  • and they are more likely to take medications that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature.

Lifestyle factors that can also increase the risk of overheating include:

  • hot living quarters,
  • lack of transportation,
  • overdressing,
  • visiting overcrowded places,
  • and not understanding how to respond to warm or hot weather conditions.

When the temperature rises, please make a concerted effort to check on your older adult neighbors to ensure their safety.

The fan and air conditioner program is funded through the Kent County Senior Millage for adults aged 60+ who are residents of Kent County.

To be eligible for an air conditioner, a senior must have a medical condition which is worsened by the heat (medically necessary), and have a doctor's prescription which shows the need for an air conditioner.

For more information from AAAWM, click here.

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