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Global Warming and Seniors

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Recently a study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that looked at the possible effect that global warming has had on the senior population. The researchers from Harvard and the University of Michigan looked at Medicare data of seniors that suffer from a variety of chronic diseases from 1985 through 2006.? Conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction and diabetes were of particular interest to researchers.

They concluded that even when an increase in warmth that doesn?t qualify as a heat wave occurs, this population has an increased chance for mortality, especially in larger cities. Their approach to the problem is that if global warming continues, this?segment of the population will be at a?greater risk. They see gradual heat increase as possibly more dangerous than the sudden heat wave warnings we are all familiar with.

As July gets underway, ?those offering in home assistance to a senior family member can employ Specialty Care Services to help.? Visit our website to review the many services that our home health aides offer.? Our senior care providers can assist with grocery shopping, meal planning and medicine management to help the senior in your care remain in the best health as temperatures outside continue to climb.

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