Senior Heat Busters


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We've still got a lot of summer heat to go and, while that definitely has its upsides – abundant sunshine, longer days, plenty of excuses to eat ice cream – it can also pose some challenges for older adults.

 

Seniors are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that upsets normal body responses to heat, and they are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration. In fact, a study from the University of Chicago Medical Center found that 40 percent of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. are among people over 65.

 

In order to ensure that high temps do not add up to serious health consequences for an older adult, here are some things to keep in mind.

 

  • Avoid being outdoors or engaging in strenuous activity during the hottest hours of the day (typically between about 3-5 p.m.)
  • Wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing, including sun protection like a wide-brimmed hat
  • Stay hydrated at all times, day and night, indoors and out
  • Don't scrimp on air conditioning
  • Watch for signs of dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems and seek medical attention immediately

 

For more information about the care and well-being of seniors, please contact us.

 

 


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