Heat Warning: Older Adults at Risk as Temps Rise

Sweltering summer temperatures have settled in this week, with the National Weather Service issuing an excessive heat warning for a wide region stretching from the Washington, D.C., area to the Ohio Valley. Temperatures in the Northeast are 5 to 10 degrees above normal, with New York City experiencing the the highest above-normal temperatures of any place in the country, according to the Associated Press. In New England, electricity use is nearing record levels as residents try and stay cool. Health …

Staying Cool During Deadly Heat

The current weather map says it all: Two-thirds of the country is colored fiery orange and red, reflecting the dangerously hot weather making life miserable for millions of Americans. Combine that with the power outages affecting some 2 million people and you have a recipe for an increased risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat stroke can occur quickly in seniors and those with chronic illness, as well as  in children and pets. And with the Fourth of July holiday …

Heat in Triple Digits? Keep Caregiver Cool

As I write this post, the thermometer on our back porch here in Phoenix hits a sizzling 110 degrees. But it’s a dry heat, you say?! Indeed. Nevertheless, I just fried my toes walking to the mailbox and I think the cactus in my yard is about to pull up roots and head for a dunk in the pool! I shudder to think what it’s like in humid areas of the country as temps rise. No doubt about it: it’s oppressive. …

When Caregiving Gets Messy

Mom has had a very rough 6 months. At the root of this complicated, draining and scary health journey is the dreaded “D” word.  It’s the health topic no one wants to talk about. People ask how my Mom is doing and when I tell them there is often an uncomfortable silence – it’s a messy subject. People really don’t want to know the details. It’s one of those delicate topics that seem so private and off limits in polite …