Safety kits help the elderly avoid heat dangers |

Safety kits help the elderly avoid heat dangers

Hot temperatures can pose a major health threat for the elderly. An estimated 40 percent of heat related deaths are among people over the age of 65. A study out of Kent State University shows most respondents over age 65 thought the heat warnings for seniors did not apply to them and were targeted to “older Americans.”

Families are advised to protect their aging relatives by assembling senior summer safety kits. These kits include inexpensive tools to make sure the elderly have the protection they need to stay safe during hot summer days, especially when family members aren’t around.

Kits should include: A reusable water bottle to maintain hydration; copies of all prescriptions and health insurance cards; phone numbers of health care providers and information concerning chronic health problems; broad spectrum sunscreen; snap towels that activate with water to provide a cooling effect when applied to the skin; misting fans that require no electricity in case of a power outage; an ID bracelet with personal information and emergency contact numbers; and a pre-paid cell phone for seniors to use in an emergency.

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