As the summer months approach, it is important to know how to enjoy the “fun in the sun” while keeping our elderly population safe. The elderly are more likely to suffer from heat stroke than younger people due to a variety of reasons including underlying medical conditions, prescription medications, and for the simple fact that they cannot adjust to the sudden temperature changes as well as their younger counterparts.
Some tips for staying safe and enjoying your summer include:
- Stay hydrated! Try to avoid caffeine and alcohol and consult your physician if you have any type of fluid restriction
- If your living environment does not have air-conditioning, try visiting your local library or shopping mall to escape the heat
- Wear lightweight clothing
- Avoid strenuous activities
- If going outdoors wear sunscreen with a sunblock protection factor of at least 15 (SPF 15)
Beware of Signs of Heat Stroke!
Warning signs may include:
- High body temperature of above 103°
- Red, Hot, and dry skin in the absence of sweat
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
Heat stroke is a very serious condition and requires immediate medical attention.
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more.