Last week marked the official start of summer, but the warm
temperatures we’ve been experiencing for some time now indicate that
summer has in fact been here all along.
When the temperature is
high, heat exhaustion and heat stroke become concerns for seniors. As we
age, our bodies have a harder time regulating body temperature. In
addition, certain medications can make seniors more susceptible to the
Heat exhaustion is a warning sign that the body is becoming
overheated. Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness,
muscle cramps and nausea.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency and
can be fatal. It occurs when the body is unable to control its
temperature and the physical body temp begins to rise. Signs of heat
stroke are more serious, and include high body temp, dry skin, rapid
pulse and altered mental status.
If you are caring for a senior, here are a few tips for helping he or she deal with the heat, and stay safe:
With a few safety precautions, we can all stay cool and perhaps even enjoy the dog days of summer!
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