AS temperatures rise this summer, we are being encouraged to look out for their elderly relatives, friends and neighbours this festive season.
Communities Minister Tracy Davis said while Christmas was a busy time for Queenslanders, it was important not to forget about the wellbeing of seniors.
“For older Queenslanders, the hot conditions during the festive season can take its toll,” Ms Davis said.
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“The hotter weather can be a serious health risk for older people, especially for those who are frail and find it difficult to cope with the heat.
“This is why we are urging people to keep an eye on these vulnerable Queenslanders as the mercury rises.
“You can play your part by calling your elderly relative daily to check on them or inviting your neighbour over for a cool drink to ensure they are well hydrated.
“If they don’t have air conditioning, make sure the home is well ventilated with a fan to keep them cool. Keep curtains and blinds closed to keep the heat out and ensure they stay indoors during the hottest part of the day.”