Heatwave Health Tips for the Elderly

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Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has a satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an ISDN line.

June 10, 2008

Expert:

Dr. Eileen Sullivan-Marx

Associate Professor

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Credentials:

· Oversees the Living Independently for Elders program of comprehensive integrated health and social services for older adults in West Philadelphia.

· Her research focuses senior care.

· Other elder-related research she has conducted regarding the use of physical restraints in hospitals and nursing homes has led to changes in U.S. health policy.

Quote:

The effect of medication, especially diuretics, is increased if you’re not properly hydrated. So it’s important for elderly people, or anyone with chronic illness, to drink enough fluid to avoid inadvertent overdose. Signs of too much medicine in your body include confusion, rapid heartbeat, nausea, and dizziness.