Avoiding Heat Stroke in the SummerIN SENIORS' HEALTH
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov), seniors are more prone to heat stroke and heat exhaustion for several reasons:
- As we age, we have difficulty adjusting to sudden changes in temperatures.
- Older adults are at an increased risk for chronic medical conditions that can challenge the body's responses to heat.
- Prescription medications many seniors take can impair the body's ability to control temperature and trigger perspiration.
Thankfully, seniors won't have to stay indoors this summer to avoid heat stroke. Follow these simple tips to prevent summer heat stroke and exhaustion:
- Dress for success. Choose lightweight fabrics and light-colored clothing that deflect the sun's energy and heat. Carry an umbrella or wear a wide-brimmed hat for extra sun protection.
- Drink up. Drink water and juice frequently to prevent dehydration.
- Eat up. Eating foods high in protein can help increase metabolic heat, which can lessen chances of heat stroke.
- Take a break. If you must be outdoors, take a moment to relax in the shade or air conditioning.
- Take it easy. Try to avoid strenuous chores and exercise during the hottest parts of the day. If you need to work in the yard or complete another task outside, try to schedule it for a cooler time of day.
|Could It Be Heat Stroke? |
Knowing the warning signs and symptoms of heat stroke can help save lives. If you notice someone showing evidence of any of the following symptoms, seek medical assistance immediately and take the person into an air-conditioned room. The warning signs of a heat stroke include:
The warning signs of a heat stroke include:
Sources: www.cdc.gov, www.redcross.org © 2013. True North Custom Media. All Rights Reserved.
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