July 6, 2016
July is the hottest month of the year in New York City, and this week’s excessive heat and humidity is especially dangerous to homebound elderly New Yorkers – the city’s most vulnerable population. Many of our frail aged neighbors live alone in apartments without air conditioning, putting them at risk of developing heat-related illnesses.

Throughout the summer, Citymeals staff and volunteers will be on the lookout for signs of dehydration and sickness that may be seen during deliveries. We urge members of the community to help make sure their older neighbors stay cool and have enough to eat and drink. Elderly New Yorkers should drink plenty of water, wear light clothing, stay indoors, limit physical activity, and use a fan or air conditioner if possible.

Classic signs of dehydration include:

  • Dry, flushed skin
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Weakness
  • Thirst

If any of these symptoms occur, or if confusion sets in, call 911. Elderly New Yorkers are especially vulnerable to this week’s intense heat, and they will continue to be at risk throughout the entire summer. To learn more, visit the New York City Office of Emergency Management’s website.