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Together, let’s beat the heatwave and break the isolation!

Understanding the risks of heat

Summer brings with it its share of radiant sunshine and bright days, but behind this summer beauty sometimes lurks an insidious danger, especially for our Great Friends. Heatwaves can be particularly dangerous for seniors, highlighting the need for heightened vigilance and a caring presence during periods of extreme heat.

According to the Direction régionale de santé publique (DRSP) de Montréal, collective living environments for seniors are mainly located in heat islands, far from essential shops and public transport, and in noisy environments.

Signs you shouldn’t ignore

The elderly are particularly vulnerable during heat waves. Their bodies have more difficulty regulating themselves, which can lead to serious complications. Signs of distress may be subtle, but should be taken seriously:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps
  • Swelling of hands, feet and ankles
  • Appearance of red spots on the skin (heat spots)
  • Unusual fatigue or exhaustion
  • General malaise
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Signs of dehydration (intense thirst, dark urine, dry skin, rapid pulse and breathing)

That’s why it’s essential to be attentive to the needs of our Great Friends and to know how to identify these warning signs.

Offer a reassuring and comforting presence

Fortunately, thanks to you, our Little Brothers volunteers are there to offer a comforting and reassuring presence to those who need it most. Your support makes a real difference to our Great Friends by offering them stays in the great outdoors at Domaine Juliette-Huot, day outings like picnics or walks in the park, and providing essential equipment like fans and air conditioners to ensure their comfort.

This equipment is free of charge for the seniors we support, thanks to our Wellness program, funded by the generosity of our donors.

Connections that warm the heart

But our commitment goes beyond mere physical assistance. During our visits, we forge human bonds, offering emotional support that is as precious as it is vital. We take the time to listen, to share laughter and stories, creating a sense of connection and security. Because everyone has the right to feel cared for and loved, especially during difficult times.

Mrs. Tremblay’s heartbreaking story

Mrs. Tremblay’s story, shared with emotion, resonates with us as a call to action. “I lost my best friend during the heat wave of 2021. She suffered heatstroke at the age of 77. I still think of her often, and each time with a broken heart. How can such a tragedy happen in a rich country like ours? Now, every summer, I live with the fear that it could happen again near my home…”. Her story reminds us of the fragility of our Great Friends in the heat of summer, and strengthens our resolve to protect them.

Sound advice from one of our Great Friend

With this in mind, our Great Friends have shared their top tips for keeping cool this summer. Simple gestures can make all the difference, such as keeping the windows closed during the day, putting some cold in front of the fan, or favoring early-morning outings. For more practical tips, visit our special page on heatwave prevention:

As Mr. Corriveau, one of our Great Friends, puts it: “Do your outings in the evening or early morning, when the sun is not so strong. I don’t meet as many people to chat with, but I’m back on my feet in the afternoons on cooler days.

Contribute to our mission

Together, we can make a difference. By responding to the appeal of the Little Brothers Foundation, you are helping to break the isolation and protect our Great Friends from the dangers of the heat.

Every gesture counts. Thank you for helping us change the forecast this summer.

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