Many calls to seniors' helpline over temperatures

25th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — A helpline dealt with at least 400 calls at the weekend from senior citizens who are experiencing difficulties in the very warm weather.

25 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — A helpline dealt with at least 400 calls at the weekend from senior citizens who are experiencing difficulties in the very warm weather. 

National Fonds Ouderhulp said its  'Ouderenhulplijn' (seniors' helpline) is offering tips on how best to cope in the current heatwave.

The foundation started running radio adverts on Saturday to alert people to the service. Over 400 calls were received at the weekend alone.

Meteorological bureau KNMI is forecasting the continuation of the heatwave from last week, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees on Wednesday.

Seniors with impaired mobility face increased health risks in temperatures above 30 degrees as it is difficult for them to regulate their body temperature. They are particularly susceptible to exhaustion and dehydration in the heat because of reduced perspiration. Not drinking enough liquids can also lead to major problems.

The longer the heatwave lasts, the greater the health risks, National Fonds Ouderhulp warned.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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