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Dublin: 14 °C Saturday 8 August, 2020

Public asked to look out for elderly people as temperatures soar

Temperatures will hit 28 degrees today, but the public is being asked to remember elderly neighbours.

Image: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland

MEMBERS OF THE public are being asked to ensure that elderly neighbours are taken care of as temperatures soar.

Elder persons’ charity Age Action has urged the general public to check on older neighbours, especially those living alone, during the warm weather, with Met Eireann forecasting that temperatures could hit 27 or 28 degrees Celsius today.

“While the warm weather is welcome, it can pose difficulties for older people, especially those with respiratory and heart problems,” Age Action spokesperson Eamon Timmins said.

“Certain medications can also reduce people’s tolerance of heat.”

Age Action is urging people to call or visit their older friends and neighours to ensure they are okay.

“With temperatures due to reach up to 28 degrees, older people should try to remain in the shade at the hottest times of the day, pulling curtains on windows which are exposed to the sun, sipping on cold drinks to remain hydrated, turning off unnecessary electrical equipment and leaving windows open to let air circulate.”

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