Seniors, particularly the most elderly, are especially susceptible to heat-related illness and death, so the beginning of what is expected to be another long, hot summer means it’s time to plan ahead and assure your senior loved ones keep their cool. While the CDC suggests an air conditioned environment as a preventive measure, the electricity costs to operate the A/C continue to grow.
Combine summer’s heat with so many seniors already challenged in paying energy bills and we get a potentially dangerous temptation to scrimp on the air conditioning to keep the costs down. Our feature segment explores steps that seniors and their families can take to reduce the cost of staying cool this summer and beyond.
Fortunately, staying cool is not just a matter of turning down the thermostat and paying more for air conditioning. As you’ll hear, there are many other steps we can take that combine comfort with economy.
Mentioned in this episode:
- Protecting Seniors’ Vision as They Age
- For more information on the study on aging and Down’s Syndrome at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center should contact Dorita.Jones (at) Vanderbilt.edu
- Information from the DOE on saving energy at energysavers.gov
For thermostat product and purchase information:
What are you doing to help your senior loved ones beat the heat this summer? Leave a comment and tell us about it.