LIVEWELL MINUTE: Elderly And The Heat
As the temperature rises, older adults can be at even greater risk for over heating as the body is unable to regulate itself as well. This can lead to heat exhaustion and even heat stroke.
Ann Wordekemper, PA-C Southglen Family Practice says, “Heat Exhaustion. There’s excessive sweating, headache, fatigue, weakness, and a normal body temperature. With heat stroke there’s lack of sweating, skin is hot and flush, there’s confusion, and a very high body temperature”
If you or someone you know are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to get to a shady area right away and rest. In addition, drink plenty of fluids. If the symptoms become worse or are those of a heat stroke, you should contact 911 immediately.
Wordekemper says, “We recommend seniors acclimate themselves slowly to the hot air environment, drink fluids during times of high heat and humidity but avoid alcohol and to do their activities early in the day or in the evening.”