Welcome to Office on Aging

Welcome to Office on Aging

WelcomeThe Orange County Office on Aging serves as the lead advocate, planner and facilitator relative to all aging issues on behalf of all older persons in Orange County. Together with our partners, the Office on Aging provides a full range of older adult services which are listed throughout the website, including information and assistance on programs and services available for older adults and their caregivers.

The Office on Aging is committed to helping older adults experience the highest possible quality of life. Our pledge is to keep this site current and ever-evolving to reflect the needs of the community.

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August 2012

Summer Safety Tips
By:  Erin Ulibarri, MPH

Tthe summer heat is here. People 65 years of age or older are at particular risk for heat-related illnesses because they may not compensate for heat stress very well and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.  Heat stress can be prevented. Knowing the precautions to take to avoid these illnesses can keep you healthy and safe. 

Protecting your skin from the sun becomes is also important during the summer months when the sun’s ultraviolent (UV) rays are strongest.  A tan may look nice, but it is actually a sign of damaged skin. 

Below are some other tips to stay cool and to protect your skin when the weather is warm:

Take it easy. Go somewhere cool or a designated cooling center.  Visit a senior center, library, shopping mall, café, or movie theater. 
Drink water often.  Avoid coffee, soda, or alcohol as these drinks make you thirstier.
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing
Limit your activity.  Rest often and avoid heavy exercise or activities.
Wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 everyday.  Apply often if out in the sun for extended periods of time.
Wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV-A and UV-B rays.  High cost does not mean the sunglasses are better.
Avoid the sun between 10:00am and 3:00pm.  This is when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

Call the Office on Aging at 1-800-510-2020 or 1-714-567-7500 to find out about cooling centers or to get additional information on heat safety. The Information Specialists can also answer your questions concerning other older adult services, such as housing, transportation, medical and health information, caregiving, and much more.

 


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National Council on Aging's Economic Security Initiative

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century.” Why? Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts.
Ten Scams Targeting Seniors 

Millions of older adults fall prey to financial scams every year. Use our tips to help protect yourself or an older adult you know.
Top Eight Ways to Protect Yourself From Scams

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