Ways You Can Help Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses in Seniors | Executive Care of Stratford

Ways You Can Help Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses in Seniors

There’s nothing better than getting outside and enjoying the excellent weather that comes with the summer, no matter what your age is.

Seniors can enjoy many benefits from their time spent outside, but if there is too much time spent in high temperatures, things could become dangerous.

So why are older adults more susceptible to heat stress? Changes in physiology can be to blame: They are unable to adjust as well to the sudden changes in temperature and this could be influenced by chronic medical conditions and medication being taken. All of these factors can make it more difficult for the body to handle temperature changes.

Different Dangers From Heat

Heat-related illnesses, encompassed under hyperthermia, can not only be serious, but also deadly in the right circumstances. These illnesses can include:

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat edema
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat syncope
  • Heat cramps

The risk of hyperthermia can be influenced by other health-related issues, which is why you should familiarize yourself with them. In the end, that knowledge could be a lifesaver. Some of these factors include:

  • Age-related changes like poor circulation and inefficient sweat glands
  • High blood pressure or other issues that call for salt-restricted diets
  • Being overweight or underweight
  • Reduced sweating from medications like diuretics, sedatives, etc.

You Can Keep Your Loved Ones Safe

Protecting your loved one from the heat does not have to become a trying task, especially if you follow these tips.

There are two ways to keep older adults protected from the heat, which are to make sure they are staying hydrated and cool.

Since the peak heat times fall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., it’s best for your loved one to say indoors and in an air-conditioned area. Simply having a fan for cooling purposes is not enough when temperatures become very high.

An increase in the amount of water being drunk by your loved one is also wise when the temperatures heat up. If he or she has fluid limitations due to health conditions or different prescriptions, you should speak with a doctor about how much is allowed to be consumed.

These safety tips can help ensure that your aging loved one’s summer is one that is enjoyable, beneficial and safe.

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Stratford can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.