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Take steps to avoid heat exhaustion

Published 7:42pm Saturday, July 28, 2012

We can’t say we didn’t get summer this year. We have had many record highs.

Heat exhaustion is a heat-related illness that may occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures for several days and have developed dehydration, which is an inadequate or imbalanced replacement of the fluids and electrolytes you’ve lost through excessive perspiration.

There are two types of heat exhaustion:

•Water depletion. Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and even loss of consciousness.

•alt depletion. Signs include nausea and vomiting, frequent muscle cramps, and dizziness.

Although heat exhaustion isn’t as serious as another heat-related illness — heat stroke — it isn’t something to be taken lightly.

Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death.

If you or anyone else has symptoms of heat exhaustion, it’s essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest, preferably in an air-conditioned environment.

It is always cool at the Senior Center. If you can’t get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place.

Other recommended strategies include:

•Drink plenty of non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages.

•Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.

•Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.

•Apply other active cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.

If such measures fail to provide relief within 30 minutes, contact a doctor because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.

After you’ve recovered from heat exhaustion, you’ll probably be more sensitive to high temperatures during the following week.

So it’s best to avoid hot weather and heavy exercise until your doctor tells you that it’s safe to resume your normal activities.

The Mower County Fair starts Aug. 7.

Looks like it could be a hot week out at the fair this year. While you’re at the fair, make sure you visit the Senior Center building.

We are across from the animal buildings and next to the St. Olaf food building. We have fun new crafts for sale. We look forward to seeing you there.

 Upcoming Events

Monday: Yoga 7 a.m.; blood pressure, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Exercise with Evie, 1 p.m.; Zumba, 5:35 p.m.; Zumba, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; art class, 1 p.m.; Zumba, 3 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 4 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Yoga, 7 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; Zumba, 5:30 p.m.; Zumba, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.; art class, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; Zumba, 3 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 4:05 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.

Friday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards (Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Zumba, 5:35 p.m.

 Weekly Card Results

Monday Bridge

July 16, three tables

1st Arnie Lang; 2nd Jaynard Johnson; 3rd Bud Higgins; 4th Loretta Nelson; 5th John Allen.

Tuesday Duplicate Bridge

July 17, 5.5 tables

1st Ray Schmidt, 1st Gail Schmidt; 2nd Jim Fisher, 2nd Bud Higgins; 3rd Loren Cleland, 3rd Dave Ring; 4th Russ Vaale, 4th Mabel Vaale; 5th Lorraine Lippert, 5th Millie Siever

Tuesday “500”

July 17, five tables

1st Wayne Chilson, 2nd Sally Michels, 3rd  Dorothy Stern, 4th Beulah Luthe, 4th Willard Ballantyne


July 17

1st Hilton Henschen

July 20

1st Mildred Ballantyne

Friday Bridge

July 20, two tables

1st Theresa Baldus, 1st Mabel Vaale, 2nd Russ Vaale, 3rd Jaynard Johnson, 4th Joyce Fadness

Weekly Cribbage

July 18, 4.5 tables

1st John Allen, 2nd Floyd Matter, 2nd Burt Svedone, 3rd Dorothy Schloo

Weekly “500”

July 20, five tables

1st Arnold Bergstrom, 2nd Dennis Bray, 3rd Dorothy Schloo, 4th Helen Broitzman

 Semcac Daily Meals

Monday: Salisbury steak. Alt: Liver

Tuesday: Beef stroganoff

Wednesday: Tater tot casserole

Thursday: Grilled chicken salad

Friday: Roast pork


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