Elderly at Risk in High Heat - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Elderly at Risk in High Heat

Posted:
SNOW HILL, Md.- Temperatures are on the rise across Delmarva and so is the risk of heat related health issues in the elderly.

At the Worcester County Commission on Aging Adult Day Care Center in Snow Hill when the temperature climbs keeping the seniors cool and indoors is Development Coordinator Debbie Ritter's top priority.

Ritter said seniors don't adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature. The Adult Day Care Center does what it can to keep everyone comfortable. 

"We try to encourage them if they do not have air conditioning at home that we have fans that we can loan them. We have a loan closet here. We give them cool food, not heavy food to eat,” said Ritter. 

Ritter said they also make sure everyone is drinking plenty of water throughout the day. 


Becky Jones with the Worcester County Health Department explained that seniors are more prone to heat exhaustion and stress than young adults. 


“They have chronic diseases. They also are maybe on different prescriptions and that effects the way in which they respond to heat, especially when it gets this hot as they're predicting for this week,” said Ritter. 

Ritter said it's also important to check on seniors throughout the day. Robert Hart the Executive Director at the adult day care said they do just that. 

“Days that the heat index hits over 100 we make sure we call every senior that's a member at our senior centers, and if they need any water or emergency meals we deliver them to them,” said Hart. 

The Worcester County Commission on Aging Adult Day Care Center in Snow Hill acts as a cooling station on days that it gets very hot. 
  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • 3 Hurt After Car Hits Tractor-trailer Head-on in Seaford

    3 Hurt After Car Hits Tractor-trailer Head-on in Seaford

    Apr 20, 2018 8:12 AM2018-04-20 12:12:00 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 8:41 AM EDT2018-04-20 12:41:26 GMT
    Delaware State Police say three people were injured - two critically - after the car they were riding in collided head-on with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Old Furnace and Middleford roads in Seaford late Thursday night.More
    Delaware State Police say three people were injured - two critically - after the car they were riding in collided head-on with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Old Furnace and Middleford roads in Seaford late Thursday night. More
  • Virginia to Receive Nearly $10M to Fight Opoid Crisis

    Virginia to Receive Nearly $10M to Fight Opoid Crisis

    Apr 20, 2018 8:40 AM2018-04-20 12:40:00 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 8:40 AM EDT2018-04-20 12:40:47 GMT
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    Virginia will receive nearly $10 million in federal grant money to help combat the opioid crisis.More
    Virginia will receive nearly $10 million in federal grant money to help combat the opioid crisis.
    More
  • Passenger Describes Emergency Landing at Dover Air Force Base

    Passenger Describes Emergency Landing at Dover Air Force Base

    Apr 19, 2018 11:54 PM2018-04-20 03:54:00 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 8:13 AM EDT2018-04-20 12:13:04 GMT
    DOVER, Del. -- Zlata Faerman and her family were among more than 80 passengers riding on a commercial plane that made at Dover Air Force Base on Monday, a nerve-wracking experience she was thankful was not worse. Faerman documented her experience of whatMore
    Zlata Faerman and her family were among more than 80 passengers riding on a commercial plane that made at Dover Air Force Base on Monday, a nerve-wracking experience she was thankful was not worse.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices