Cold Weather Safety
With winter coming to an end, local temperatures have dipped into the low 30’s recently. Cold weather safety for the elderly is NO JOKE. According to the NIH, “For an older person, a body temperature of 95°F or lower can cause many health problems, such as a heart attack, kidney problems, liver damage, or worse.”.
Tips on keeping warm:
- Set your heater to 68–70°F.
- Check air leaks around windows and doors.
- Dress warmly, even if staying home.
- Consider wearing a cap or beanie to bed.
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption, alcohol reduces body heat.
- Check on family and friends regularly.
Did you know that we overhauled our outings program in March of 2018? Since then, we’ve taken trips to the Sunvalley Mall, Walmart, Paddock Bowl, and the Lindsay Wildlife Experience. Residents are involved in deciding where to travel, and Contra Costa County LINK provides the transportation. Families of current residents are invited to come on trips with us if they wish.
- Martinez Library/Pleasant Hill Library
- The John Muir House and Museum
- Veranda Luxe Movie Theater
If you know any accessible businesses or fun and interesting destinations in the local Martinez area, please contact the Activity Department: Activity Department
Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses
Please stay indoors in air-conditioned areas if the temperature and heat index are high. Try to avoid going outside, but if you must go outside, take the following precautions.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
- Protect your body from the sun by wearing a hat or using an umbrella.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drink water or other fluids every 15 to 20 minutes, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If your urine is clear, you are probably drinking enough fluids. Dark-colored urine is a sign that you’re dehydrated.
- Avoid or limit drinks that contain caffeine (such as tea, coffee, and soda) or alcohol.
- Take frequent breaks from the heat and outdoor activities.
The Reviews Are In…
- The LITA Organization
Love Is The Answer receives grants to help many communities in the area. We are extremely grateful for their support into our Music & Memories program and bringing in fun variety shows for our Residents.
- Singing Messengers
We had a group of singing messengers come in sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa. They brought props and sang a wonderful selection of Broadway songs that all the residents enjoyed! Thanks to all the performers!
- Circus Show!
The circus show was a success everyone had an amazing time watching all the performers. Here are a few highlights.
Check out our Gallery for more pics.