Senior Center News: July 6

People of all ages can be affected by the heat and should take precautions. Seniors over the age of 65 years are more prone to heat-related illness than younger people for several reasons:

  • The older body takes longer to adjust to sudden temperature changes.

  • Chronic disease may alter the normal body response to heat.

  • Medications can impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature or inhibit perspiration.

  • The elderly sometimes don't feel thirsty. They drink less to avoid having to go to the bathroom frequently.

In order to prevent heat-related illness:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink six to eight eight-ounce glasses of cool, non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages each day. Drink more if you are outside during hot weather.  If you are taking diuretics, such as Lasix for edema or heart conditions, check with your doctor on how much water you should drink.

  • Eat light, small, frequent meals. Avoid heavy meals and foods hard to digest. Enjoy fresh fruit.

  • Avoid strenuous activities. Break big tasks into smaller ones and do them over a longer period of time. Rest between activities.

  • Avoid going outside during the warmest part of the day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

  • Wear a large-brimmed hat and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) when outside.

  • Wear sunglasses to protect against UV rays.

  • Take a cool shower, tub or sponge bath.

  • Wear light-colored clothing made of linen or cotton. Dress in layers.

  • Use air conditioning. Point the vent up toward the ceiling so the cool air does not blow directly on you. Use an oscillating fan to distribute the cool air.

  • Check on neighbors, friends, and family at least twice a day.

Signs of heat stroke include change in behavior; body temperature of 103 degrees or more; red, hot, or dry skin; no perspiration; rapid pounding pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness, nausea, or vomiting.

Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; paleness; muscle cramps; fatigue; weakness; dizziness; headache; nausea, vomiting, or fainting. Skin may be cool or moist; pulse may be fast and weak; breathing may be fast and shallow.

This information was supplied by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, 203-762-8958.

Summertime offerings

These activities take place at the senior center throughout the summer.

Jewelry Workshop — Fridays, July 15 and 29, Aug.t 5 and 19, 10 to noon; $5 drop-in fee per class. Viola Galetta conducts this jewelry-making workshop. No prior experience is necessary. Enjoy the fun of making your own beaded jewelry. Select materials to match your own style.

Studio Knitting — July 11 and 25, Aug. 8 and 22, 1 to 2:30. Basic instruction will be provided for projects; the company will be great, too. Not a knitter? Bring your own handiwork and enjoy the camaraderie.

Bridge Groups — If you would like to join other seniors in an afternoon of bridge, call the organizers listed below:

Duplicate Bridge: First Wednesday of the month; Lois Bruce, 203-762-5818.

Duplicate Bridge: Third Tuesday of the month; Maureen Turnier, 203-762-9386.

Open Bridge: Wednesdays at 10. Drop-in fee: $5.

Contract Bridge: Fridays, Eleanor Mihailidis, 203-762-8720.

Contract Bridge: Fridays, Sharon Frost, 203-762-9708.

Coming events

Friday, July 7 , 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge; 1:30, Free swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, July 10, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie; 1, Bridge.

Tuesday, July 11, 9:45, BeMoved, with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 1, Studio Knitting with Lizabeth Doty.

Wednesday, July 12, 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, July 13, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.