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Hydration Kits for Seniors

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YAKIMA- Forty percent of heat-related deaths occur in people aged 65 or older. Brookdale Yakima & Brookdale Chesterley have created hydration kits for any senior in need in the Yakima Valley. Kits include cooling rags, small coolers, sunscreen, water bottles, and other things necessary to make sure their body stays hydrated throughout the summer's heat wave. Hydration is key to staying healthy during summer heat waves. For seniors its vital, since those aged 65 and older are at greater risk for dehydration because of medications, poor circulation, and/or chronic medical conditions that decrease their body's ability to regulate their temperature. Brookdale Assisted Living Community offers free wellness checks to those living in the community as well. 

Common heat related injuries include heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion can develop when your body is in the heat too long and you don't drink enough water. Some symptoms include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, fatigue, fainting. If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, its advised you head to a cooler location, loosen your clothes, sip water slowly, and try and put cool wet cloths on your body or take a cool bath to cool yourself down. If you are vomiting, have a weak or fast pulse, or fain seek medical attention immediately. The most serious heat-related injury is heat stroke, which happens when your body can't control its temperature. Normally this causes your body temperature to rise to 106 degrees within 10-15 minutes. Signs are similar to heat exhaustion but can also include your body temperature rising over 103 degrees, red, hot, dry skin and no perspiration, headaches, nausea, losing consciousness. If you have any of these symptoms seek medical attention immediately. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disabilities. 

The kits are free to any seniors in need, for more information on these hydration kits or how to receive a wellness check make sure to call 509-452-1010 or 509-965-0111. 

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