Stay safe this summer!
Did you know that extreme weather can be even more dangerous for older adults? Heat can cause difficulty in the body’s ability to regulate its temperature, which can be challenging for older adults. That’s why it’s important to stay safe this summer by following these precautions.
Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Extreme Heat
Don't let the heat put your health at risk. This is especially crucial for older adults and those with health issues. Being overheated can make you feel sick and even lead to serious health problems. Stay cautious and find relief quickly.
Why are older adults more at risk during extreme weather? Their bodies struggle to regulate temperature as effectively. Additionally, chronic medical conditions and certain medications can further hinder their ability to handle temperature changes.
Understanding Heat-Related Illnesses
Too much heat or sun exposure can cause a range of health problems. Here's what you need to know about heat-related illnesses:
Heat syncope: Sudden dizziness in hot weather, particularly if you take certain medications. Find a cool spot, rest, elevate your legs, and hydrate.
Heat cramps: Painful muscle spasms due to intense activity in hot conditions. Stop, rest, find shade, and drink water and electrolyte-rich beverages. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Heat edema: Swelling in the feet and ankles. Elevate your legs and seek medical advice if swelling persists.
Heat rash: Irritation from excessive sweating. Keep the area dry, use powder, and stay in cool places.
Heat exhaustion: A warning that your body is struggling to stay cool. Stay hydrated, rest in a cool place, and seek medical help if symptoms worsen.
Heat stroke: A medical emergency with a body temperature above 104°F. Seek immediate medical attention, move to a cooler place, and cool down the body with wet clothes, a bath, or fans.
Sunburn: Skin damage from excessive sun exposure. Protect your skin with clothing and sunscreen. If sunburned, wear light clothing, take cool showers, moisturize, and avoid the sun.
Speak with your doctor if you have any concerns about heat-related illnesses.
Stay safe in the heat and take care of your health.
Older adults are more likely to have chronic medical conditions that affect the body’s response to temperature. So it is especially important for them to take precautions during extreme weather conditions. By following our guide, you can stay safe and healthy this summer.
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