Are You Hot? Heat-related Concerns
Wow! It’s Hot!
A healthy body temperature is maintained by sweating. Older adults do not sweat easily and usually have other health conditions that affect their ability to lose heat. This is why older adults are high at risk for heat-related illnesses such as:
Heat rash or muscle cramps
Swelling in the legs and hands
Hyperventilation, heat stress, and fainting
Heat exhaustion or heatstroke (sunstroke)
To endure a hot, St. Louis summer,
Ventilate – spend most of your time in cool, air-conditioned areas. If you must be in a hot environment for an extended period of time, take steps to keep your body comfortable by opening windows and using fans to promote air circulation.
Limit Activity – Reduce outdoor physical activity, particularly in the hottest afternoon hours.
Be sure to drink water before, during, and after any strenuous activity.
Hydrate – To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of water, avoiding beverages with caffeine or alcohol. Eat small, well-balanced meals throughout the day to maintain energy.
Cover up – Loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing will keep you cooler, including a wide-brimmed hat to cover your face and neck. It’s also a good idea to use a sunscreen to prevent sunburn, which can hinder the skin’s ability to cool itself. Retreat to cool, shaded areas frequently for breaks. Remember to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. If you suspect you are experiencing dehydration or other heat-related illnesses, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
AW Can Help! If you are feeling overheated, call us. We will check on you! MO (314) 726-5600 IL (618) 344-8800
National Senior Citizens Day is August 21!
National Senior Citizens Day honors our elderly population. On this day, we are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family and society.
In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”
If you are a senior citizen, enjoy your day any way you desire. After all, this is your day! Make sure to take advantage of senior citizens specials and discounts. There’s bound to be plenty offers today.
Looking Forward…Flu Season is Coming. Get your Flu Shot Early.
Getting the flu can be especially tough on seniors. As you age, your immune system weakens. This weakening makes seniors—adults 65 years and older— more susceptible to the flu. For seniors, the seasonal flu can be very serious, even deadly. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.
August is Peach Month
Peach Cobbler Recipe
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar, divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup milk
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4 cups fresh peach slices
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1 tablespoon lemon juice
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
Melt butter in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).
Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm