FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 15, 2013
Albany County Posts Info/Assists Seniors about Heat Health
With the start of what looks to be a heat wave this week, Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy reminds everyone to stay indoors as much as possible, drink plenty of fluids and to keep tabs on your elderly friends and neighbors.
When the mercury star
ts to climb, it doesn’t take long to get overheated or dehydrated,”said Albany County Executive McCoy. “We all need to be smart and know the signs
and symptoms of heat stroke and exhaustion just in case.
Tips and cooling center sites are posted on our website athttp://www.albanycounty.com/ Albany County is doing many other things to assist seniors during this time including:1) CDTA will offer seniors transportation to either a posted cooling center or transportation to a friend or family member
s home that has air conditioning. Thiswill continue until the temperatures come down.2) All Congregate Meal Sites will remind the seniors about the signs and symptomsof Heat Stroke and how to stay cool and hydrated.3) All Home Delivered Meal Providers will receive a special check list about thesigns and symptoms of heat stroke and what to look for when delivering meals tovulnerable seniors. Home Delivered Meal Recipients have Shelf Stable Mealsand Fluids/Water already in place in their homes: Every senior receiving homedelivered Meals has 4 shelf stable meals that include juice, milk and bottledwater along with food.4) Seniors that are receiving home delivered meals will receive a fact sheet (withtheir meal delivery tomorrow) about "Tips to Stay Cool and Hydrated During theHeatwave". The seniors will be instructed about the signs and symptoms of HeatStroke and to call 911 if they have any symptoms.