Elderly and youth try to beat the heat

8:31 AM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine has been breaking heat records all week with temperatures in the 90's in several areas. It may be a relief for some who wait for warmer weather all winter long, but when there's no sign of relief in the forecast people of all ages should take precautions.

We found out last last month that Maine has the oldest population according to the Census Bureau with a median age of 43.5 years old. Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA) services many of those elderly people covering 13,000 square miles of our state. According to the director of communications for the agency, Carol Higgins Taylor, the elderly aren't able to regulate their body temperature's as well as a younger person making it easier for them to become overheated in this weather. She recommends drinking plenty of water, dressing in layers so that you can peel away clothes as the temperature rises, as well as other simple steps that could be life saving.

"Cool showers, sponge baths, ice packs on pressure points like the neck and wrists all can make a difference," said Taylor. "Really just taking it easy, but if they become over heated get medical attention."

To find out more about what EAAA and the services they provide, you can visit their website www.EAAA.org.

Heat exhaustion can also be an issue for young kids enjoying their summer vacations. July is prime time for several sport summer camps. The University of Maine is currently holding it's Softball camp for girls 11 years old and under as well as high school aged. Head coach for the UMaine softball team, Lynn Coutts, runs the camp and takes every precaution necessary with her girls in the heat.

"They keep their sunscreen on, they keep hydrated. We talk about it all the time making sure they get their Powerade and they get their water," said Coutts.

Around 60 girls are taking part in the softball camp.
















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