Safety And Heat Awareness for Seniors

Safety And Heat Awareness for Seniors

Summer is associated with the sounds of cicadas, pond frogs, and crickets, as well as high temperatures and humidity. Summer heat, especially in the southern United States, can be oppressive. Heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses are more common in older people.

Exposure to high temperatures over long periods of time causes these illnesses. The central nervous system determines how well a person can withstand heat. Our central nervous system becomes more weakened as we age, making it more difficult for the body to control changes in body temperature effectively.

Headache, nausea, high body temperature, cramps, dizziness, confusion, and loss of consciousness are some of the signs and symptoms of heatstroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a comprehensive list of heat-related illness warning signs and symptoms.

Anyone who suspects they are suffering from heatstroke, also known as sunstroke, should seek medical help right away.


Also Read: What Does Medicare Cover After A Stroke?


Here are a few suggestions to help you stay cool while still enjoying the summer:


Be aware of the weather

Pay attention to weather forecasts that say you should stay indoors due to high temperatures, humidity, or poor air quality. For weather and air quality in your city, use the AirVisual Air Quality Forecast app. Keep an eye on the registered heat index as well. A heat index of 90 degrees or higher increases the risk of heat-related illnesses significantly.


Put on appropriate attire

When the weather is warmer than normal, dress in breathable, loose-fitting clothes.


Protect your skin with sunscreen

When going outside, use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30.


Keep yourself hydrated


Keep yourself hydrated

Drink plenty of water and/or non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages to keep the body hydrated.

Often consult your doctor if you are under a liquid restriction.


Stay inside

When the weather outside is hot, stay indoors where it is cold. To help maintain a cooler indoor temperature, try to keep your window treatments drawn.


Also Read: Recommended Medical Tests Every Senior Should Get


Pay attention to your medications

Some drugs, such as diuretics, beta-blockers, and antidepressants, may make you more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Consult the physician.


Do not engage in prolonged outdoor exercise

Gardening, outdoor yoga, bird watching, cycling, and other outdoor activities can be done early in the morning or late in the evening when the weather is cooler


Keep in touch

Keep in contact with loved ones and check in on a regular basis.

Other heat-related illnesses include heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, and heat rash, in addition to heatstroke. It's worth noting that heat-related illnesses (hyperthermia) can be avoided.



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