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CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, June 19 - June 25, 1998 - 37 Learn strategies for beating the heat . Show 'era you ByBobCairo Also, the arteries, which carry the the shade at the first sign of ex-  LOVE,era... As temperatures soar into the blood, lose their elasticity in a haustion or pink skin. Drink your 90s, we are all trying to beat the process known as arteriosclerosis, fluids, wear sunscreen and hats - heat, have fun and stay cool. If we Therefore, the cardiovascular sys- and schedule outdoor activities for " 'T elll are lucky, we can stay in air-con- tem of an older person cannot afternoon or nighttime. ditioned areas adapt to the increased demands ............... " '----" Do//Sweaters or make use of placed on it by excessnve heat. In tmuor s Now: *Joo tatro ts att- THE KNITTY GRITTY 24o Rehoboth Ave.. 226-0500 Tues. - Sat. 10-5 Sun. 10-2 local pools or lakes to stay comfortable. But whether it's heat ex- haustion or sunburn, sum- mertime heat can prevent CAIRO you from having fun in the sun. So how do we avoid complications from the heat? The following precautions should be observed to stay as cool as possible: Wear loose, comfortable clothing in hot and dry weather. Remove all excess clothing in hot and humid weather. Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid outdoor activities dur- ing the heat of the day. Avoid alcoholic beverages. In addition to these precautions, you should allow yourself gradual conditioning. Heavy exertion in hot, humid (over 90 F) weather is inadvisable. If your work or leisure activities involve being ex- posed to the sun, it's important to slowly acclimate yourself to the heat. Keep exlgosure times brief at first and slowly increase the time you are exposed to the heat. However, if someone doessuf- fer from heat exhaustion, treat- ment is available. First, place them in a cool room and remove their excess clothing. Have the person lie on his or her back with feet slightly elevated, and cool them with a tepid sponge or cold compresses, all the while keeping the room cool with fans or air conditioning. Give the per- son juices or salted water to drink, constantly recheck their tempera- ture and try to make the person re- lax. Medical attention should be sought immediately. The elderly should observe spe- cial precautions. With age, the heart becomes less efficient and the heart rate is generally de- creased with less blood pumped through the heart with each beat. addition, the connective tissue in our body loses water as we age, thus leading to decreased muscu- loskeletai flexibility, which in turn diminishes the ability of the lungs to expand and take in oxy- gen. Since the lungs of an older person don't expand as well as younger lungs, they can't meet the body's demand brought on by the heat, nor can they expel heat through exhalation as efficiently. The elderly may suffer from shortness of breath and poor en- durance when exposed to the heat. When we are exposed to exces- sive heat, systems in our bodies are activated to expel heat and thus decrease our internal temper- ature. When a body temperature rises too high, sweat is normally produced. The sweat is meant to evaporate on the skin and thereby cool the body. In the older person, however, the ability to sweat is di- minished. The sweat glands are located in the subcutaneous tissue, just below the skin. As a body ages, it loses much of the subcuta- neous tissue and the sweat and se- baceous (oil producing) glands decrease in size. Therefore, the glands can't produce as much sweat to cool the body, nor can the glands supply the oil that keeps skin moisturized. The loss of sub- cutaneous tissue also contributes to excessive heat loss by the body when exposed to the cold. Although we can't stop aging it- self, there are things we can do to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, which in turn will. help in tolerating the heat. For example, maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the golden years by implementing exercise into daily activities can translate into cardiovascular fit- ness and expanded lung capacity. These attributes surely help older residents cope with warm sum- mers and avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration. It's hot outside right now. So anytime you're going to risk ex- posure, keep it minimal. Head for Stork's Nest open at Milford Memorial The Women's Wellness & Resource Center at Bayhealth Medical Center-Milford Memorial Hospital opened the Stork's Nest June 10. Tile free program is available to all expectant families and is an educa- tional and incentive program designed to increase the number of women who receive early and regular prenatal care, so their babies will have a head start on a healthier life. By participating, families earn points for free gifts, such as diapers, baby clothing, bedding, strollers and more. Families may also earn points by keeping prenatal appointments, at- tending educational classes and making healthy lifestyle changes. Stork's Nest members are given a wallet card, instructions and a class schedule. As members accumulate points on their card, they may redeem them at the Women's Wellness & Resource Center for their free gifts. In Delaware, the program began on Oct. 2, 1996, as a joint effort among Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., March of Dimes and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware (BCBSD). At that time, the Stork's Nest pro- gram was open only to BCBSD clients. Currently, Milford Memorial is teaming up with March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta to open up Stork's Nest to all pregnant women who wish to participate, regardless of eco- nomic or insurance status. censed physical therapist at Tide- water Physical Therapy. For more information, call 945-51 [1. 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