Cooling the Flames of Depression During the Dog Days of August

August 22, 2014 10:10 PM

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Summer Heat Can Mean Real Risks for Older People While the summer brings sunshine, family barbecues and welcome distance from the memory of harsh winter weather here in the Northeast, it also brings added risks for the elderly. As the temperature rises, especially during the humid, end-of-summer August weather, so does the danger of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and heat cramps.

According to the CDC, individuals 65 and older are more likely to be affected by these serious heat-related ailments, because their bodies don't adjust to the heat as well and because they are more likely to have a medical condition or take medications that impair their ability to handle heat. "Seni...

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