Among those who have been hardest hit by the stifling heat in their out-of-power residences are the elderly.

Hospitals across the region said their emergency rooms were treating elderly patients who live at home alone, without relatives in the area, and who use oxygen machines that rely on electricity.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/without-power-elderly-seek-help-at-hospitals/2012/07/05/gJQAs3xTQW_story.html

If you know of or have an elderly family member, be sure to check on them when these heat waves occur!!

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