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Stay cool and be safe in hot weather

Health Watch/Aspirus Keweenaw Home?Health & Hospice/Gladys Polzien, Director of Operations

July 3, 2014
Gladys Polzien , The Daily Mining Gazette

Although we may see significant news about the deaths of young athletes due to heat, older adults and senior citizens are more likely to be at risk for serious effects of heat due to the body's decreased ability to cool itself with age. In addition, older Americans generally drink less fluid, and take some medications that could increase their risk for the effects of too much heat. According to The Daily Briefing on June, 26, 2014, published by The Advisory Board health consultants, "Excessive heat is responsible for 117 deaths each year, and another 1,800 people die annually from illnesses made worse by the heat."



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