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STAY CONNECTED WITH ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana will be hosting FREE online support group sessions the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month; there will be a session held at 10 a.m. and a session held at 2 p.m. on these days. You may log-in on your computer, or you can call in from your telephone to participate. There will be professionally trained group facilitators on hand to foster productive conversations. For more information you may visit www.alzni.org. To register, you may contact (888)303-0180.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE IN THE HEAT: With summer here and temperatures rising, it is important to understand the health risks of excessive heat and recognize the signs of heat-related illness. Being hot for too long can be a problem. It can cause several illnesses, all grouped under the name hyperthermia. These factors can increase your risk of hyperthermia:

  • Not drinking enough fluids.
  • Reduced sweating caused by medications such as diuretics, sedatives, tranquilizers, and certain heart and blood pressure drugs.
  • High blood pressure or other health conditions that require changes in diet. People on salt-restricted diets may be at increased risk; however, salt pills should not be used without first consulting a doctor.
  • Use of multiple medications. It is important, however, to continue to take prescribed medication and discuss possible problems with a physician.
  • Age-related changes to the skin, such as poor blood circulation and inefficient sweat production.
  • Heart, lung, and kidney diseases, as well as any illness that causes general weakness or fever.
  • Being substantially overweight or underweight.
  • Lack of mobility and access to transportation.
  • Living in housing without air conditioning.
  • Overdressing, especially in synthetic materials

GENERATIONS MAGAZINE: Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or bhancock@vinu.edu.

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