July 1, 2015

July is the hottest month of the year in New York City with average temperatures soaring well above 90 degrees. The summer heat and extreme humidity are especially dangerous to our homebound elderly neighbors who may not be able to easily regulate their temperature. Many of them live alone in apartments without fans or air conditioning, putting them in danger of developing heat-related illnesses.

Citymeals helped prepare frail aged New Yorkers for the summer by delivering bottled water in our Independence Day packages. Throughout the summer, staff and volunteers will continue to be on the lookout for signs of dehydration and sickness that may be seen during deliveries.

We are now asking New Yorkers to help ensure their older neighbors stay cool and have enough to eat and drink during the coming weeks. Citymeals recommends elderly New Yorkers drink plenty of water, wear light clothing, stay indoors, limit physical activity, and use a fan or air conditioner, if possible, to avoid dehydration.

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 immediately. To learn more, visit the New York City Office of Emergency Management’s website.