The big story of the day, and the past few days, has been the heat. Luckily, Pine Grove, the day camp my son goes to has several pools and air-conditioned buildings. Every morning this week I got an e-mail from the camp indicating they are operating under a “heat advisory” meaning they will limit outdoor activities and give the kids more pool time. they set up Slip-n-slides” and sprinklers, and let the kids take it easy. The heat also means I’ll make a few phone calls to check on some elderly people. My mom, who has the same sarcastic sense of humor that I do, calls this a “geri check” since I will be checking on all of my geriatric clients that don’t have families. My mom will be the first “geri check ” phone call that I will make. Do you have the air on? Is it working properly? Stay out of the garden – it’s too hot to be weeding. By now she knows the drill. The heat is brutal at any age, but we all know the elderly are especially vulnerable.
Is there someone in your neighborhood is elderly and alone? Do you know anyone who does not have air conditioning, or because of money issues cannot afford to run it? Be a good neighbor and do your own “geri checks”. Keep an eye on anyone who could be affected by this heat wave.