Excessive heat impacts seniors more than others

Hampden County

Scorching temperatures have forced several western Massachusetts communities to open cooling centers. 

The combination of heat and humidity poses a risk for heat stress for the elderly, babies and pets. 

An excessive heat warning is in effect for parts of western Massachusetts for Tuesday and Wednesday. The “heat index,” the “feels like” temperature, is expected to reach up to 105 degrees. 

If you don’t have air conditioning, your house or apartment can get dangerously hot.

Some Springfield seniors beat the heat by visiting one of the city’s cooling centers at the Raymond A. Jordan senior center.

The heat can place a serious strain on your body, especially for the elderly, which is why the city of Springfield has opened several cooling centers to help keep its residents out of the heat and safe.

Juana Gonzales of Springfield told 22News, “Today I’m back because there’s no air in my apartment, well it’s better to be here. Anyway, you be with other people.” 

“I just don’t want anyone, anyone, not to have the opportunity to be able to be cool, have some camaraderie, have something to drink, something to eat, peace of mind,” said Springfield Mayor Sarno.

The heat impacts seniors more than others. They’re more likely to have a chronic medical condition or take prescription medicines that affect their body’s ability to cope with high temperature or sweat.

Health officials are reminding everyone to drink more water, limit your outside exposure and stay cool.

Cooling centers open in western Massachusetts

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