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Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a real problem. In fact, a recent University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.
There are several reasons for elderly heat vulnerability. People’s ability to notice changes in their body temperature decreases with age. Many seniors also have underlying health conditions that make them less able to adapt to heat. Furthermore, many medicines that seniors take can contribute to dehydration. Fortunately, a few simple precautions are all that’s needed to keep safe.
Here are some guidelines for keeping safe in hot weather:
1. Drink Plenty of Liquids
Dehydration is the root of many heat related health problems. Drink plenty of water or juice, even if you’re not thirsty. But remember to avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, as they can actually contribute to dehydration.
2. Wear Appropriate Clothes
An old Swedish saying says, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” When it’s hot out, wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat.
3.Stay Indoors During Mid-day Hours
During periods of extreme heat, the best time to run errands or be outdoors is before 10am or after 6pm, when the temperature tends to be cooler.
4. Take it Easy
Avoid exercise and strenuous activity, particularly outdoors, when it’s very hot out.
5. Watch the Heat Index
When there’s a lot of moisture in their air (high humidity), the body’s ability to cool itself through sweating is impaired. The heat index factors humidity and temperature to approximate how the how the weather really feels. The current heat index can be found on all popular weather websites, and is also usually announced on local TV and radio weather reports during periods of warm weather.
6. Seek Air-conditioned Environments
Seniors whose houses aren’t air-conditioned should consider finding an air-conditioned place to spend time during extreme heat.The mall, library or movie theater are all popular options. During heat waves, many cities also set up “cooling centers,” air-conditioned public places, for seniors and other vulnerable populations. Seniors without convenient access to any air-conditioned place might consider a cool bath or shower.
7. Know the Warning Signs of Heat-related Illness
Dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems are all warning signs that help should be sought immediately.
The Pennsylvania Homecare Association is a state trade association representing more than 700 organizations that provide care and support to individuals in their own homes. PHA helps its members tackle every day challenges. With a member-centered focus, the association champions efforts that range from advocating on behalf of patients and consumers, interpreting and developing regulations and legislation to exploring needs and business strategies.
The Pennsylvania Homecare Association, through its members, promotes and advances bringing care home. – Adopted 12/4/12
To be the premier association driving and influencing the provision of services in our communities. – Adopted 12/5/12
At Home Certified Senior Healthcare Gives Back, awarding Upper Bucks County Technical Schools Health Care program a donation of $1500 for new equipment.
At Home Certified Senior Healthcare brings sunshine to a rainy day, as the residents of Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center get a visit from Sloby and his Jack & Jill ice cream truck. We were happy to bring a smile to your face on this cloudy day….we had as much fun as you did!
At Home Certified Senior Healthcare was a proud sponsor of Richland Township Community Day on 7/19/14. Thanks to all who participated to make this day a great community event!
Volunteering and raising money to support Doylestown Senior Center. We have such a great time, come out and join us, we do it one day in the last week of each month. Call Susan at At Home Certified Senior Healthcare for more information!