Heat Tough On The Elderly

The excessive heat across Eastern Carolina this week has everyone on high alert, especially local senior citizens. Health officials say they are more at risk of suffering from the ill-effects of the dangerously hot temperatures than any other age group. Those who handle senior citizen issues say some over the age of 65 lack the resources to obtain proper air conditioning and that factor, combined with the heat, could put many in danger of heat stroke. Seniors who don't have air conditioning are encouraged to seek places such as senior centers and shopping centers so they can get a break from the heat.