Senior Citizen taking on the heat - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Senior Citizen taking on the heat

Geriatric Moving Crew loading up the truck. (Source: WECT) Geriatric Moving Crew loading up the truck. (Source: WECT)

With temperatures in the mid 90s and a heat index reaching near 100 degrees you would think everyone would want to stay inside, but that's not the case for the Geriatric Moving Crew.

"We've been here since 9:30 a.m. and I don't even know what time of day it is," said Sharon Alston, a senior citizen who has dedicated her Sunday to helping a friend move.  

For four and a half hours, Alston and 10 other senior citizens began lifting and loading boxes all while a heat advisory was in effect.

"When you are busy you don't really notice the heat, we're just running around loading the truck and all of a sudden you say, 'Wow! It's warm,'" Alston explained.

According to medical researchers the older generation has a lower awareness of thirst, which causes them to have a higher risk of becoming dehydrated.  

"You can feel yourself dry mouth and really sweating a lot," Alston confessed.

Dry mouth and excess sweating are two common signs of dehydration, but if gone untreated can lead to more severe issues.

"I cramped all over and was lying on the ground unable to move," explained Richard Alston. 

Richard was another dedicated mover who shared his experience with severe dehydration. 

"Now you will never see me without my own water bottle," smiled Richard as he held up a used Gatorade bottle.

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