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Tips for coping when 'The Heat Is On'
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Rich DeLong is the executive director of Station Exchange Senior Care. - photo by File photo

"The Heat Is On" is a popular song recorded by Glenn Frey in 1984. Glenn passed away this past January. He was only 67.

We’re told the cause of death was a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. Each one of these conditions alone is rough, but to battle all three together is more than most could handle.

Frey co-wrote and sang on most of the Eagles hits, including "Take It Easy," "Tequila Sunrise," "Lyin’ Eyes" and "Heartache Tonight," to name a few. He also co-wrote "Hotel California" and "Desperado" with Don Henley and won six Grammys with the band.

After the Eagles’ 1980 breakup, Glenn launched a successful solo career, recording numerous hits, most notably "The Heat Is On" and "You Belong to the City."

Frey is a legend in the music industry and will be sadly missed. "The Heat Is On" is one of my favorite tunes that I used to exercise to in my younger years. I would skip rope to the music outside in the summer heat of Florida. It was as if the song was speaking to me about how much heat I was feeling.

Fast-forward 30-plus years and I’m still exercising, but not in the heat. Age has a way of letting you know when it is too hot to do something. With our recent string of high temperatures, I thought it would be good to remind folks to be careful and share some tips for coping with heat:

• Pay attention to the temperature and modify your activities appropriately.

• Pay attention to your hydration and be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Drinking a full glass of water when you rise each morning is a good way to start the day. Stick with decaffeinated coffee or tea because caffeine is a diuretic and does not help much in keeping you hydrated.

• Try to stay in relatively cool areas, even when outside. Many public places, such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theaters, are air-conditioned. Avoid hot, enclosed places, such as cars, garages and enclosed porches that are not air-conditioned.

• Use a fan, if available. Fans can keep a person from overheating by helping evaporate sweat from the body.

• Stay on the lowest floor of your building. Heat rises, so move in the opposite direction.

• Always eat well-balanced, light and regular meals. Sometimes when we get hot, we lose our desire to eat. Staying well-nourished helps the body to regulate body temperature.

• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing when you do have to go outside, and limit your time outdoors during the early afternoon.

• Cover windows that get a lot sun with drapes or shades to help keep your house cool. This will also cut down your energy bill. Weather stripping and proper insulation will keep cool air inside your home.

• Drink cool beverages to cool down, but beware of alcoholic drinks that can impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.

So "Take It Easy," my friends. There’s no time for a "Heartache Tonight."

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