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 Executive Daniel 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 starts 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 at http://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. This will continue until the temperatures come down. 2) All Congregate Meal Sites will remind the seniors about the signs and symptoms of Heat Stroke and how to stay cool and hydrated. 3) All Home Delivered Meal Providers will receive a special check list about the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and what to look for when delivering meals to vulnerable seniors. Home Delivered Meal Recipients have Shelf Stable Meals and Fluids/Water already in place in their homes: Every senior receiving home delivered Meals has 4 shelf stable meals that include juice, milk and bottled water along with food. 4) Seniors that are receiving home delivered meals will receive a fact sheet (with their meal delivery tomorrow) about "Tips to Stay Cool and Hydrated During the Heatwave". The seniors will be instructed about the signs and symptoms of Heat Stroke and to call 911 if they have any symptoms.

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Mary Rozak Director of Communications Office of the Albany County Executive 112 State Street, Room 825 Albany, NY 12207 tel 518.447.7040 ext. 7218 cell 518.368.9528 fax 518.447.5589 mary.rozak@albanycounty.com www.albanycounty.com

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