It’s hot out there. Headlines across the country scream the dangers of sizzling conditions, extreme heat waves, and record-breaking temperatures. Excessive heat is unsafe for everyone, and older adults are especially vulnerable to extreme temperature changes. Overheating in the elderly is very common in the summer months. Here is a guide to understanding hyperthermia in older adults, and what you can do to help or even prevent heat-related illness.
Does your loved one have a cellphone or medical alert system manufactured before 2013? If so, he or she may not be able to use it much longer. The 3G network on which these older devices operate is shutting down to make room for more advanced technology—a move that could leave some seniors unable to communicate with family members and – even more concerning – unable to call 911. If you’re not sure whether this change will affect the older adult in your life, make sure to keep reading to learn how to help.
You probably know someone in your life who struggles with using technology and perhaps navigating the internet. This person could even be you. However, if we learned anything through the pandemic, we’ve seen how important technology can be in our daily lives—from FaceTiming relatives and attending job meetings or classes over Zoom to paying bills online and using our phones to make medical appointments.