July 18, 2013

This week’s skyrocketing temperatures and humidity are extremely dangerous for New York’s homebound elderly. Citymeals is providing meal recipients with extra water and juice to ensure they are well hydrated.

Beth Shapiro, Citymeals Executive Director, says, “Our meal recipients – many of whom live alone in apartments without air conditioning – are at an increased risk for health problems when the heat becomes excessive. Although we are taking extra precautions to safeguard our meal recipients, we are urging New Yorkers to look in on their older neighbors and ensure they are cool and have enough to eat and drink. Making a quick run to the store for them this week, to pick up some water, juice or fruit only takes a few minutes, and could be lifesaving. We’re also reminding older New Yorkers to drink plenty of water and to wear light, loose fitting clothing, stay indoors, limit physical activity, and use a fan or air conditioner if possible.” 

Classic symptoms of dehydration include: dry, flushed skin; dizziness; dry mouth; headache; rapid heartbeat; weakness; and thirst. Should any of these symptoms occur, or if confusion sets in, call 911. Frail aged New Yorkers are especially vulnerable to this week’s intense heat, and they will continue to be at risk throughout the entire summer